New Delhi: Senior Bharatiya Janata Party LK Advani has blamed Congress for the washout of winter session of Parliament. Addressing the media in new Delhi on Tuesday, Advani said that the 2G spectrum scam was the biggest scandal in Independent India but even then the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance Government was not keen on a proper investigation into it.
"I have been in Parliament since 1970s. I can't remember one session when no work was done. This whole washout was triggered by Congress. No one thought that this will go till the end of the session. There is no solution other than a JPC. This is the first session when no work was done and it ended in a fiasco," said Advani.
He came down heavily on the Congress over the leak of corporate lobbyist Nira Radia's tapes, alleging that the Prime Minister had not power to decide the portfolios of ministers.
"It appeared that UPA government is not formed by the Prime Minister and, for long, we were under the wrong impression that it is not the PM but 10 Janpath (Congress President) which forms the Cabinet. But now, it has come forward that its neither the Congress President nor the PM who forms the government, but it is the lobbyists", Advani said.
Claiming that pressure by the Opposition was responsible for the Government acting against those involved in corruptiong cases, Advani said that if they had not protested the government would have not taken any action.
"If we hadn't protested against the scams Raja, Ashok Chavan would have never resigned. Even in the case of Suresh Kalmadi, would he have been removed?" he asked.
He also targeted Manmohan Singh for asking Cabinet Secretary KM Chandrasekhar to look into the issue of telephone tapping, saying he seemed to be more concerned about the leakage than the credibility of his government on the issue of corruption.
"Are these matters about which the PM should be worried? I don't understand," he said.
He said the Prime Minister might not be aware of several things going on in his government.
Advani said during the stalemate in the winter session of Parliament, government did not give a single "credible" reason for not agreeing to JPC probe on 2G scam.
He also criticised the Prime Minister on the appointment of PJ Thomas as Central Vigilance Commissioner saying he insisted on having the former telecom secretary for the top job despite Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj's objections.