Man­mo­han says never used public of­fice to en­rich my­self, BJP hits back

Asian Journal - - Asia -

New Delhi: For­mer Prime Min­is­ter of In­dia Man­mo­han Singh de­nied hav­ing ever used public of­fice to en­rich him­self or his fam­ily, prompt­ing BJP pres­i­dent Amit Shah to mount a fresh attack on him over the 2G al­lo­ca­tions con­tro­versy. Singh, who faced crit­i­cism from the BJP fol­low­ing al­le­ga­tions by for­mer TRAI chair­man Pradip Baijal re­lat­ing to 2G al­lo­ca­tions, told a NSUI con­ven­tion here that the Congress-led United Pro­gres­sive Al­liance (UPA) gov­ern­ment had been fight­ing cor­rup­tion. Baijal has al­leged that Singh had warned him of harm if he did not co­op­er­ate on 2G tele­com li­cences. He also said that Singh asked him to co­op­er­ate with the then com­mu­ni­ca­tions min­is­ter Dayanidhi Maran as non-co­op­er­a­tion could com­pro­mise the UPA gov­ern­ment. Baijal, who has writ­ten a book, ‘The Com­plete Story of In­dian Re­forms: 2G, Power and Pri­vate En­ter­prise - A Prac­ti­tion­ers Di­ary’, also al­leged that Maran had warned him of “se­ri­ous con­se­quences” if he gave uni­fied li­cens­ing rec­om­men­da­tions.

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