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BJP ‘welcomes’ Singh quizzing; govt says it has ‘no role’

BJP on Wednesday said it “welcomes” the questioning of Manmohan Singh by CBI in the coal scam as it maintained that the former prime minister cannot shy away from responsibility even as the government led by the saffron party rejected charges that the action was a “vindictive” one.

Singh’s party Congress, however, insisted that it was “wrong” to say that he was “questioned” by CBI as the former prime minister had offered to cooperate with the investigations and had provided whatever information was sought in the interests of justice.

“BJP welcomes CBI’s questioning of Singh, who held the coal portfolio when most of the irregularities in coal scam took place. CBI has examined the former prime minister on the advice of the CBI special court judge,” said BJP spokesperson GVL Narsimha Rao.

Meanwhile, in the wake of reported allegations by some Congress leaders that the questioning of Singh was a “vindictive” act on its part, the government on Wednesday came out to say that it had no role in the matter. “The government has no role at all... Congress is speaking in two voices. While one person says (the examination) is vindictive, another spokesperson says it is part of a legal process. They (Congress leaders) should sit down and decide on what to speak... ” Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said.

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