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Digvijay Singh slams Advani over anti-Sonia remarks

November 6, 2011 - New Delhi

Asserting that the Centre has taken all steps to check corruption, Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh on Sunday hit out at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veteran Lal Krishna Advani for his comments against the UPA chairperson and said that it is at the behest of Sonia Gandhi that Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has strengthened the money laundering act.

When asked to comment on his latest tweet that 'Advaniji has forgotten that Soniaji was supporting the Lokpal Bill', Digvijay Singh said: "Congress Party was the only party, which had incorporated the issue of Lokpal in its election manifesto. Sonia Gandhi had given this task of drafting a strong Lokpal Bill in the NAC to Aruna Roy and Harshmanderji (Harshmander Singh), both very senior members of the so-called civil society."

"In the AICC Session in Delhi, she had made a strong plea for enacting the Lokpal Bill in her speech and also gave five point where the corruption can be controlled. It is she (Sonia Gandhi), who brought the Right to Information Act, it is at her behest that Dr. Manmohan Singhji strengthened the money laundering act, all these steps have been taken by the Congress Party and the UPA Government to check corruption," he added.

Digvijay Singh also hit out at BJP leader Ananth Kumar and said that a tainted person involved in the HUDCO scam is organising Advani's 'yatra' against corruption.

"Mr. Advaniji in his 'yatra', which is being organised by Ananth Kumarji who is facing charges under the HUDCO scam, is the organiser of Advaniji's 'yatra' against corruption, and he is levelling charges against Soniaji. I think there may be case of Amnesia in this," he said.

Advani had on Saturday slammed Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh for taking instructions from United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi, and not acting on his own rational notions.

Addressing a rally in Mumbai, Advani said: "The Prime Minister's word has to be the last word but the sad fact is that the buck doesn't stop at the Prime Minister like it does at the US President."

"There should be nobody after the Prime Minister. But the Prime Minister has been behaving in such a way that clearly shows the buck does not stop at Race Course Road. It stops only when 10 Janpath (Sonia Gandhi's official residence address) endorses what Race Course Road proposes to do," he added.

83-year-old Advani is presently on a nationwide 'Jan Chetana Yatra'. He kicked off his nationwide tour from Sitab Diara village in Bihar on October 11, to take on the UPA Government on the corruption issue and press for the return of black money stashed away abroad.

The 38-day long yatra will conclude in Delhi on November 20 in the form of a massive rally.


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