Hyderabad: The BJP on Wednesday alleged that the UPA government not only indulged in rampant corruption but was also desperately trying to cover up its "misdeeds".
"The Congress-led UPA government is trying to subvert and undermine the authority of the three pillars of democracy--the executive, the legislature and judiciary," BJP's national spokesman Sudhanshu Trivedi, who was on a state visit, told reporters here.
Trivedi said that the confidence of people in the entire establishment of the state has been severely damaged during the UPA government rule and cannot be restored by mere resignation of two central ministers.
"It is unfortunate and painful that instead of introspection, senior leaders of the ruling party are making objectionable remarks about the apex court and are not sparing even the highest and one of the most respected institutions of the land," he said.
"How can a healthy democracy survive when the ruling party at the Centre was trying to subvert and undermine all democratic institutions, that too with the alleged involvement of Prime Minister's Office," Trivedi said.
The BJP leader said the UPA government has lost all the authority to be in power in the country. Trivedi would hold a meeting with state party leaders and discuss strategy to be adopted for the coming elections in 2012 State party president G Kishan Reddy was also present at the press conference.
BJP calls case against Kataria a conspiracy, says GoM on CBI an eyewash
New Delhi: A day after its leader Gulab Chand Kataria was chargesheeted in Sohrabuddin encounter case, BJP today accused CBI of working at Congress' behest to implicate its members under a 'well-planned conspiracy' and dubbed as an eyewash the setting up of GoM to insulate the agency from political interference.
Rejecting all charges against Kataria, who is Leader of the Opposition in the Rajasthan Assembly, BJP President Rajnath Singh said the party stands behind him and will expose attempts of CBI and Congress both 'legally and politically.'
BJP has levelled these charges against CBI at a juncture when the agency is facing the heat from the Supreme Court for allowing vetting of the status report in the coal scam case by then Law Minister Ashwani Kumar.
Government had announced formation of a Group of Ministers yesterday to look into ways of making the agency independent. BJP, however, termed the move as an 'eyewash.'
Singh, flanked by BJP Rajasthan unit chief Vasundhara Raje and Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley, said these cases are part of a 'well-planned conspiracy.'
"The CBI chargesheet against Kataria is without any basis. He is known for his propriety and credibility. There is not a shred of truthful evidence against him. The case is being pursued by CBI with the intention of implicating senior BJP leaders at the behest of the Congress," Jaitley said.
Jaitley, an eminent lawyer, maintained that CBI's supplementary chargesheet in the Sohrabuddin case against Kataria - who was Rajasthan Home Minister when the encounter took place - is the third such instance of the investigating agency trying to 'implicate' a BJP leader.
He cited the case of former Gujarat Minister of State for Home Amit Shah - also in the Sohrabuddin case - and Rajendra Rathore in another encounter case. Jaitley showed CBI documents to insist that the agency had aimed at 'implicating' Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi through Shah in 2010.
Referring to the alleged bribery case against P K Bansal, Jaitley said the evidence against the former Railway Minister is '100 times more' yet the agency is going soft on him.