BJP continues attack on PM on ISRO agreement

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  1. Someoneforyou

    Someoneforyou Regular Member

    Jan 26, 2011
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    9 February 2011

    New Delhi, Feb 9 - The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Wednesday continued its attack on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over the alleged ISRO S-band allocation, even as the Congress said terming the deal as scam was 'absolutely bizarre'.

    BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain accused the government of 'shying away' from giving replies to questions relating to the 2005 agreement between Antrix Corporation - the commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) - and Devas Multimedia Pvt Ltd.

    'The recent revelations related to S-band spectrum scam prove the apprehensions in the minds of the people that the Congress-led UPA (United Progressive Alliance) government is fully steeped in corruption,' Hussain said.

    Terming the Tuesday interaction of senior government officials with the media as 'a futile and half-hearted attempt to skirt and deflect the issue', he said the prime minister should come clear on the issue.

    The government Tuesday denied that the nation suffered revenue losses in the allocation of space spectrum using S-band - high value and scarce radio waves - but admitted that the agreement between Antrix and Devas had not explicitly mentioned the end-use terms. It said that the agreement was being cancelled.

    Hussain said that matters concerning the agreement need to be answered by the prime minister directly. 'The department of space works directly under the prime minister and he is directly responsible for its functioning,' Hussain said.

    He alleged that the malaise of corruption had afflicted the ministries under the prime minister.

    'It appears that the Congress-led UPA government is not only corrupt but also inept in detecting and taking forceful action against corruption,' he said.

    Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari rebutted the BJP's claim of the ISRO agreement being a scam and said the government has already declared that it is canceling the deal.

    Questioning figures cited in the media about possible loss to exchequer due to the agreement, Tewari said the thesis of using 3G auction as a benchmark and calling other agreements about spectrum as scam was 'absolutely bizarre'.

    'This needs to be debunked. Whosever is propagating this is propagating ignorance. Certain decisions are taken in larger public interest,' he said.

    He said spectrum was also used to provide different kinds of public services such as police wireless and broadcasting.

    Tewari added that the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report on the spectrum issue has indicted the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance government for decisions taken by it during its rule.

    The BJP Monday said that the S-band deal could have caused the nation an estimated loss of Rs.2 lakh crore, according to preliminary estimates by the Comptroller and Auditor General.

    Source: Indo Asian News Service
  3. Yusuf

    Yusuf GUARDIAN Administrator

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    2005 deal is being looked through the prism of today.. actually isro will lose credibility if it cancels the deal now. The deal made in 2005 when there were no takers for it cannot be revoked just because you are going to get more at todays price.
    In land deals usually there is something called "zubaan". Once a deal is done, its done, then no matter what another person comes and offers.
    But all of a sudden all deals are being looked at from the prism of the 3G auction and previous deals being made to look devious. Doesn't make sense to me.
  4. SHASH2K2

    SHASH2K2 New Member

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    Bihar, BanGalore , India
  5. Blackwater

    Blackwater Veteran Member Veteran Member

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    Akhand Bharat
    PM ka heart attack ho jana ha
  6. Tshering22

    Tshering22 Sikkimese Saber Senior Member

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    What allegation? It is a hardcore proven fact. Old habits die hard....
  7. Ray

    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

    Apr 17, 2009
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    There is no doubt that there was malafide intention.

    It requires a thorough investigation.

    People in high places, and in all institutions, including those who are taken to be clean, are at this game.

    It is a good thing that these scams are being exposed one by one so that we realise that our country has enough money and if it was not pilfered into private pockets, India would really be Incredible and Shining.

    It is time to clean the Aegean stables.
  8. nrj

    nrj Stars and Ambassadors Stars and Ambassadors

    Nov 16, 2009
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    I read it somewhere, GOI was advised to refrain from this deal back in 2005 itself.

    As JPC is being setup for 2G scam, additionaly this scam will no doubt consume lot of parliment time.

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