Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj said yesterday the corruption unleashed by the Congress party and its government had transcended air, land and hades.
Addressing a joint rally of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) in Sirsa, a Haryana town, 300 km from Chandigarh, Swaraj said: “Congress sarkar ka bhrashtachar hawa, zameen aur pataal tak hai (The corruption by Congress has reached air, land and hades).”
She said the Congress-led UPA government had done corruption in the air by selling spectrum airwaves at throwaway prices, corruption on land through the Commonwealth Games (CWG) and in the hades (pataal) through the coal blocks’ allocation.
“It is time for such a corrupt government to go,” Swaraj, the leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha, told the gathering. She said Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s government in Haryana had let the law and order situation in the state get out of hand.
The increasing number of rapes and other crimes across Haryana showed that the state’s Congress government had failed to control crime, she added.
Swaraj and BJP president Nitin Gadkari, who also addressed the gathering, said that if the BJP-HJC alliance was voted to power in the state, HJC leader Kuldeep Bishnoi would be the next chief minister of Haryana.
Support for Modi
Swaraj on Saturday also said that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi had the capability to be prime minister, triggering speculation about him taking a more central role in the party after the December state assembly elections. The BJP did not have a line on a prime ministerial candidate but Modi was fit to be prime minister, she told reporters in Vadodara. “He is capable, there are no two views about it,” said Swaraj.
Govt confident over FDI vote
Meanwhile, the UPA government on Sunday said it was confident of its numbers ahead of a crucial debate with voting on FDI in multi-brand retail in the Lok Sabha on December 4-5. “We are confident of the numbers. The Opposition motion would be defeated in both houses,” said Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath.
He also countered the Opposition’s argument that amendments to Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA), required to facilitate FDI in retail, have to be passed by both houses. “If one house has passed it, it passes. It does not need both houses to pass it. That’s what is prescribed in the rules,” said Nath. He also said that a vote on FEMA amendments could be postponed to the budget session scheduled in February 2013 as the govt has 30 working days of parliament to get the nod.
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