Buoyed by the spectacular verdict in the 2G case on Thursday, the Congress said that the judgement had “exposed the conspiracy hatched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Arun Jaitley, Vinod Rai and other BJP leaders” to defame the previous UPA government in order to come to power.
The party said that through the court verdict “truth has come to light” and that Prime Minister Modi, former CAG Vinod Rai and BJP leaders, including Jaitley, should give an explanation and apologise for defaming the UPA government.
“The BJP has been exposed today – It tried to insult the country and came to power by doing business out of false allegations. The lies have been exposed and BJP’s conspiracy to defame the Congress party has been exposed. It is a victory of truth,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala was quoted by IANS.
The party’s chief spokesperson added, “The conspiracy, which was hatched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Arun Jaitley, Vinod Rai and other BJP leaders, has been exposed today. The truth has come to light that no one is guilty in the 2G spectrum case. Will all these people, who were resorting to lies for all these years to come to power, apologise to the country?”
“Isn’t it true that spreading lies and to hatch a conspiracy are the DNA and character of the BJP,” said Surjewala.
“Shouldn’t they be held responsible and give an explanation for the lies. Should not the PM, Jaitley and BJP apologise to the nation publicly,” he asked.
“Those who termed 2G a scam and moved up the ladder of power, should give explanation and be held responsible,” he added.
Surjewala said: “BJP should give a reply to the country for the conspiracy hatched against the UPA government and defaming the country.”
Special Judge OP Saini had acquitted all the accused, including then Telecom Minister A. Raja and DMK MP Kanimozhi, in both the cases filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the 2G case.
What was even more embarrassing for the BJP was the reaction from Mukul Rohatgi, who not so long ago defended the Modi government as the country’s Attorney General. Rohatgi said that he too believed that the Patiala House Court’s verdict was ‘absolutely sound’ and there was no case of criminality in the 2G scam.
The alleged scam on the issuance of licences and allocation of 2G spectrum by the Department of Telecom occurred during the Congress-led UPA government’s first tenure in 2008 but was widely reported in 2010 following a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG).