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2G: Kamal Nath says Manmohan Singh may have committed a mistake

2G: Kamal Nath says Manmohan Singh may have committed a mistake

India Blooms News Service | 13 Sep 2014, 04:34 am
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New Delhi, Sept 12 (IBNS): Amid war-of-words between the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress over former Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India Vinod Rai's remarks on Manmohan Singh, former Union Minister Kamal Nath on Friday said ex-Indian prime minister might have committed a “mistake” by not acting despite his letter to him expressing concern on the 2G spectrum allocations.

Speaking to Times Now, Nath  said it was "unfortunate" that the former Prime Minister "chose not to act" on his letter.

Congress leader Nath said Singh "may have made a mistake, but the BJP is levelling absurd charges against Sonia Gandhi."

Meanwhile,  Union Minister and BJP leader Prakash Javadekar on Friday told media: " It was the responsibility of the (then) Prime Minister that so many back to back corruption cases had occurred. Still you say that I don't know anything...So it is serious issue."

Rai has criticised Manmohan Singh and alleged that the former Prime Minister  was aware of the controversial decisions made around the allocation of coal blocks and 2G spectrums.

"In KG basin, the PM’s remarks about Reliance in a conversation do not nail him directly, but in 2G and coal there is no way he can shirk responsibility," Rai told in an interview to the Outlook magazine.

"In 2G all the letters written by A Raja were to him and he was replying to those letters. I got no reply to any letter I wrote to him," he told the magazine.

Rai said: "On one occasion when I called on him, the PM said I hope you don’t expect a reply from me, whereas he was replying to Raja twice a day. So how can he be not held responsible for the onus of that decision? The two template responses of PM produced in court clearly lay out that he knew what Raja was proposing to do."

Speaking on the former PM's psychology, the ex-CAG said: "You cannot have the nation being subjugated to the state; and the state being a coalition of political parties. The belief was that good politics makes good economics too. But does good politics mean just staying in power? Integrity is not just financial; it is intellectual integrity; it is professional integrity. You have an oath of allegiance to the constitution and that is important."

Asked if he believed he rocked the UPA government, Rai said: “Yes, but that is okay. I am asking you a direct question – if the figure of Rs. 176,000 crore had not been there how many of you would have taken note of the report?"

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2G: Kamal Nath says Manmohan Singh may have committed a mistake

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