Arun Jaitley slams Rahul’s reponse to Adarsh scam
Dubbing Rahul Gandhi’s utterances on the Adarsh issue as ‘contrived’, BJP leader Arun Jaitley today said his anger is not natural but ‘manufactured dissent’ and queried why it was ‘missing’ when the 2G, Coal and Commonwealth scams surfaced. ‘If Shri Gandhi feels so strongly on the Adarsh issue, the guilty must be prosecuted and certainly not be the country’s Home Minister. This anger is not natural, it is contrived. This is a case of a manufactured dissent,’ Jaitley said, referring to Sushilkumar Shinde who has been faulted for his decisions as Maharashtra chief minister by the inquiry into the Adarsh scam. The Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha said that a crusade against corruption has to be a continuous effort and not ‘sporadic’ reactions as made by Gandhi before the media while talking his mind out on the scam. ‘A crusade against corruption has to be continuous and consistent. It cannot be sporadic. It can not be a put-on exercise. Sporadic reactions dramatised before the media are only intended to show oneself as different even though you are still a part of the same cesspool.’ He also hit out at the Congress vice president for not venting out his anger over his party aligning with a convicted leader Lalu Prasad Yadav and attacked him for remaining a mute spectator even after his government was involved in one scam after another - be it the 2G Spectrum, Coal Block allocation or Commonwealth Games scam. He said the Congress Party and its governments have a ‘scandalous’ record on the issue of corruption as it recently decided to align with a convicted Lalu Yadav. ‘The anger was missing,’ he said. ‘There is no urge in him to stand up and protest. He remained a mute spectator when day after day scams took place,’ he said.