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BJP indulging in ‘doublespeak’ on corruption: Sibal

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New Delhi: Law Minister Kapil Sibal today launched a scathing attack on BJP saying the party which indulges in “doublespeak” on corruption cannot question the Prime Minister on the issue as the UPA has taken graft head on and its ministers have resigned on “mere” allegations.

“You look at BJP. They have embraced (former Karnataka Chief Minister) B S Yeddyurappa yesterday. Now what does Yeddyurappa stand for? ‘Yeddyuruption’ is a new form of corruption,” he told reporters here.

“There has never been a scandal like this in the history of India as there has been in way in which iron ore and mines were exploited for personal ends. This very party which talks about corruption, which attacks the Prime Minister, have embraced him,” he said.


He was responding to questions on BJP’s claim that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was ‘soft’ on talking about corruption in his press conference this morning.

He said BJP agreed to take back Yeddyurappa back into its fold for “political ends. Because they realise that they will be wiped out in Karnataka”.

“So, when it comes to them corruption is not an issue. When it comes to our Prime Minister who has actually had ministers in his government resign even on mere allegations and they attack him by saying he is not dealing with corruption or that he is soft on corruption.”

He said contrary to BJP’s claim, UPA is the only government that has actually dealt with issues head on. It was the one which finally got the Lokpal Bill passed in Parliament.

“Please ask Mr Narendra Modi why he has taken 12 years? Why did he not allow a Lokayukta Act to be passed? And they talk about transparency, they talk about dealing with corruption. And he has never talked about it,” he said.