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‘Modi government has no authority to speak on corruption’

CONGRESS-LEADER-AJAY-MAKHANCongress took a jibe at the Narendra Modi government saying it has no moral authority to speak on corruption as it has taken no steps to appoint Lokpal, information and vigilance commissioners during its first year in office.

“BJP has no moral right to speak on corruption when it had not made appointments of CVC, CIC, Lokpal,” senior Congress leader Ajay Maken said here responding to BJP’s claim that there has been no charge of corruption since the Modi government took over.

Maken further said if the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) performs its audits in a free and fair manner about the first year in office, the reports would be out next year.

“The government is also talking about removing cabinet secretariat and the PMO from the ambit of RTI,” the former Union Minister claimed.

“There is no answer from the Centre to questions of why the purchase of 18 Rafale fighter aircrafts from France and production of remaining 108 aircrafts from HAL through a transfer of technology agreement envisaged by the previous UPA government has changed to procurement of 36 fighter planes bypassing rules,” he said.

“Similarly, the government is not answering what has happened to the agreement to manufacture 108 aircrafts by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited(HAL),” the Congress leader said.

Maken also accused the Modi government of bypassing established “Defence Procurement procedure” and “defence acquisition council’ to unilaterally order 36 Rafale fighter aircrafts from France with no clarity on transfer of technology or their production in India by HAL.

“Modi government converted one of biggest aircraft manufacturing deals running into billions of dollars from Make in India to Make in France,” he alleged.

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