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