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'UPA II Govt. synonym for mega corruption and scams', alleges CPI MP D. Raja


June 26, 2012 - New Delhi

Alleging that the Congress-led UPA II Government suffers from the loss of moral and political authority, Communist Party of India (CPI) lawmaker D. Raja on Tuesday said the ruling government has become synonym for mega corruption and scams.

"Firstly, Virbhadra Singh has done the correct thing because charges have been framed against him. Once charges have been framed, his position became untenable to continue as minister. He had to go. Now, he has gone. He has submitted his resignation," said Raja, when asked to comment on Union Minister Virbhadra Singh's resignation.

"Secondly, it shows that the Congress-led UPA II Government suffers from the loss of moral authority, political authority. Ministers are being charged, allegations of serious nature are being levelled against ministers. One thing is very clear the Congress-led UPA II Government has become synonym for mega corruption and scams," he added.

Raja further talked about the coal scam in this context, saying coal-gate is considered to be bigger than the 2G spectrum scam.

"Now, there is the issue of allotment of coal blocks. There is an allegation that Prime Minister's Office is involved. There is a demand that a thorough inquiry, probably under a sitting judge of Supreme Court, will have to be ordered because PMO is involved. At that particular point of time, Prime Minister himself was holding the Coal Ministry. The coal-gate is considered to be bigger than 2G scam," said Raja.

"Therefore, I must say the Congress-led UPA II Government is neck deep in corruption and mega scams," he added.

Union Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Minister Virbhadra Singh resigned from the Union Cabinet earlier today, following the framing of corruption charges against him for allegedly misusing his office when he was the Himachal Pradesh chief minister in 1989.

He met Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh here this afternoon and handed over his resignation letter, which was accepted and forwarded with a recommendation to President Pratibha Devisingh Patil.

According to the charges framed against Virbhadra Singh, he allegedly granted favours to industrialists and his conversation was recorded in a audio CD.

In the CD, Singh is allegedly heard speaking with IAS officer Mohinder Lal and some industrialists regarding alleged monetary transactions for them to invest in the state.

Charges were framed against 78-year-old Singh and his wife Pratibha Singh under Section 120 B (conspiracy) of IPC and Sections 7,11 and 13 of Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA) dealing with bribery and criminal misconduct in a 23-year-old case.

The prosecution had filed a charge sheet in 2010.

ANI

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