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If Lokpal implemented, PM would be accused No. 1: Veerappa Moily

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The government is not implementing the Bill only to protect Modi, who "perhaps" would be the "number one accused" in fighter jets deal, the said on Monday.

During the discussion on Interim Budget 2019-20, said the government's defence allocation is only one-fifth of China's allocation.

"Of this, 20 per cent will go to and the deal has exposed the chinks in their armour. That is why, I was just thinking as to why this government is not implementing the Bill. Now it is crystal clear because if that was to be implemented, perhaps, the would have been the No. 1 accused in that case. That is why, he is afraid. That is why, there is also no JPC," Moily said.

He said the (JPC) is an investigating agency and that "no other committees, commissions or even cannot get into this".

"The can escape today, but not tomorrow," Moily said.

Moily alleged that Modi is trying to slap the (ED) and the (CBI) cases against everyone.

Moily, however, clarified: "We are not against purchase of or any other gun but the question is this.

"You cannot deprive the public sector like the HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd), which has a 70-year expertise. This government's own says that there should be a sovereign guarantee."

Now, Moily said, "we find today that the government of the day waived anti-corruption clauses in the Rafale deal".

"Even the Financial Adviser's recommendation that there should be an escrow account after PMO forced a waiver of sovereign or was overruled. If anybody has to be held guilty in this Rafale deal, it is alone. It is crystal clear," he added.

The MP said the budget allocation for defence sector is less as compared to last year's budget.

Because of demonetisation, the industrial output and the MSME sector suffered a loss and the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) rate also declined, Moily said.

He said the unemployment rate is growing under the present government and is a matter of concern.

Moily also questioned, on what basis the government is claiming GDP is growing despite the rate of the unemployment rate is high in the country.



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First Published: Mon, February 11 2019. 20:24 IST