Hindustan Times (Jalandhar)
BJP seeks CBI probe in bribery charges against Kamat
BJP SOURCES SAID THAT IN COMING DAYS IT WOULD ALSO COME OUT WITH A SIMILAR OFFENSIVE AGAINST ASSAM CM TARUN GOGOI
NEW DELHI: Readying for a showdown with the Congress in Parliament session beginning on Tuesday, the BJP on Monday sought a CBI probe into “proven” case of corruption involving former Goa chief minister Digambar Kamat and expressed confidence that the main opposition party’s campaign will not sustain for long.
The party’s confidence comes from the fact that all opposition parties are not with the Congress on its offensive against external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Chouhan and Rajasthan CM Vasundhra Raje.
While the party dismissed that there would be a wash out of the proceedings in Rajya Sabha where the BJP led National Democratic Alliance is in minority, it expressed confidence of getting the important economic reform Goods and Sales Tax Bill passed in the monsoon session.
There is a clear strategy to get pending bills passed in Lok Sabha where the BJP enjoys majority and look for options in the upper House.
Facing threat of a stormy session, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met NDA constituents at his residence on Monday. This was the first meeting of NDA partners in the last 14 months and the BJP sought cooperation from its partners, some of whom had reservation about land bill and other legislation, to tide over the parliament storm.
As part of its counter offensive strategy against the Congress, the BJP demanded a CBI inquiry against senior Congress leader Kamat, chief minister of Goa, when a New Jersey-based construction management firm allegedly bribed Indian officials and a minister to win projects in Goa.
BJP sources claimed that in the coming days it would also come out with a similar offensive against Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi – also from the Congress.
The US-based company has also admitted to paying bribe to win contract in Guwahati.