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Bofors Issue: BJP Condemns Cong's Conduct in House

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Bofors Issue: BJP Condemns Cong's Conduct in House
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BJP today condemned Congress' conduct in Parliament on the latest information on Bofors issue and demanded Sonia Gandhi explain why her party "is opposed" to an impartial probe into the role of Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrocchi in the scam.

"The conduct of the Congress in Parliament today has pained us. Former Swedish Police chief Sten Lindstrom, who is the whistleblower in the case and investigated the case, has said publicly that there is conclusive evidence against Quattrocchi but Congress does not want this to be probed," BJP Chief Spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said.

Taking digs at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Prasad said BJP understands his "compulsions and limitations".

"With due respect to the office he occupies, he was a simple civil servant when Bofors took place," Prasad said.

The opposition party asked Congress President Sonia Gandhi why her party was "not ready for an impartial probe" into the Bofors case though she had said recently that corruption will be dealt with severely.

"You are being tested against this benchmark... Is Quattrocchi such an important individual that the mere mention of his name makes the Congress belligerant?" Prasad said.

He cautioned Congress that India is more aware in 2012 than it was in 1987 or 1991 when the Bofors issue was at its peak.

"An investigation vitiated by fraud is no investigation," Prasad said, terming the Bofors case as one of "rank fraud".

BJP said it should be made clear what are the roots of Quattrocchi and what is his source of strength.

It also demanded a probe into the role of all those officials who had then said there is no evidence against Quattrocchi. The party charged that CBI investigators involved in the probe were a "fraud".

"Congress and cover-up are integral to each other," Prasad alleged.

The party also said the recent 2G spectrum allocation case would have gone the Bofors way if the opposition, media and the judiciary had not built the pressure.

Prasad charged even on the Commonwealth Games scam the government has not taken any action despite the report of the Prime Minister-appointed Shunglu Committee report "indicting" Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.

"Sonia Gandhi should change her attitude towards corruption," Prasad said.

Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj maintained the Bofors issue is not "deadwood".

Senior BJP leader Jaswant Singh had earlier said in the Lower House that since Bofors it has been a "saga of continuing corruption".

"The Bofors pay-off was a political payment....Since Quattrochchi was not a part of Indian politics, whom was the money meant for?" Swaraj said.

BJP has given a notice for a discussion on defence preparedness under Rule 193 (debate without voting) in Lok Sabha. It is likely to be taken up after May 8.
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