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'Gag on the CAG' Comes Under Attack
Slamming Congress for trying to "weaken" CAG by making it a multi-member body, BJP today warned that any such move would only 'boomerang' on the party.

"Whenever the Congress is in trouble or faces criticism, they try to weaken the institutions if they are constitutional bodies," senior BJP Leader M Venkaiah Naidu told reporters on Union Minister V Narayanasamy's remarks on CAG.

In an interview to PTI yesterday, Narayanasamy had said a former CAG's suggestion for making the official auditor a multi-member body was under consideration.

"Now it is very clear that the Congress is not able to digest the independent and autonomous CAG and is going with the move to make CAG a multi-member body," he said.

Naidu alleged that the Congress had earlier tried to tarnish the image of CAG in the wake of observations damning the UPA regime over wrongful allocation of coal blocks.

"They did the same thing even in 1980s when CAG looked into Bofors contract and HDW Submarine deals. They quashed the locus standi and auditing methods. They even criticised CAG on 2G spectrum report and declared that there was no loss," he said.

"Congress has forgotten that its stock crashed after it resorted to similar CAG bashing in 1989. Now the same thing will be repeated as and when elections are held," he said.

Naidu said BJP would be meeting on eve of Parliament winter session beginning on November 22 to discuss the issue.

Naidu said suppression of Judges, appointing their own "favourites" to the Election Commission or the CVC was nothing new to Congress. "Now this threat of active consideration of making the CAG a multi-member body."

"This is a clear attempt to muzzle the present incumbent and thereby weakening the institution. They have the track record of destroying the institutions from time to time," he said.

Warning the Congress, Naidu said "if you go for any misadventure like the previous occasion, it is bound to boomerang on you and you will face the consequences".

Noting that CAG was not a "sarkari" organisation and it drew its power under the Constitution, he said such was the importance of CAG that its expenditure was met and charged on the Consolidated Fund of India and not on regular budget.

Taking on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for his assertion that the observations of CAG were disputable and would be challenged before Public Accounts Committee, Naidu asked how the Prime Minister can say this when the matter is before the PAC.

"PAC is a committee set up by Parliament and its proceedings cannot be passed on to others," he said.

Replying to a question on allegations against Nitin Gadkari, Naidu said the BJP President has gone on record to say he was ready for any inquiry, contrary to what Congress has been doing of brushing aside all allegations. "This is how BJP is different from other parties".
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3/D-137
Nov 12, 2012
09:23 PM

This sarkar is thrashing about at everybody and even at shadows as it is beleagured. Just letting loudmaouth MoS  say something just to guage the reactions of the mangoes and opposition ,it is judging the mood in the country. As the mood except in UPA circles is sullen anger, it  may not proceed any further. It cannot do anything in a hurry as a 2/3 majaority in both houses is necessary for a constitutional amaendment..Despite the bravado of other loudmouths in the sarkar, UPA-II is impotent in this matter.C&AG is not like the Election Commision, the operative word being 'commission'.Here the Auitor General is in the singular..All that the sarkar wants is 4-5 C&AGs fighting it out as they differ on any course of action or even the wording of a report.One cantankerous person is enough to stall the proceedings and such 'divide & rule' is the sarkar's aim.If the UPA-III is upon us in 2014 with 2/3 majority(Heaven Fobid!) in both houses I am sure the C&AG(s) will be made impotent and the then sarkar can go about its murky/indecent/questionable deals with even more btazenness.In any case the present C&AG's term ends only in 2014, thus stymying the sarkar

Dr.V.Mahadevan, Chennai
2/D-97
Nov 12, 2012
05:14 PM

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'Hit the scrotum'

Is that normal, laughable or just plain sexist?

Women groups would have cried seeing an expression like that against their sex.

Male Unblocked, Chennai
1/D-90
Nov 12, 2012
04:48 PM

 Since the present CAG has hit at the scrotum of congress, such a hell of noise is made. It shouts for changing to multi member. CAG is not recruited by another slave of government which is UPSC. with so much of scams screaming about, do you lthink that the mandate of politician to select a bribed candidate does not run? If CAG is to be made multi member,  a constitutional amendment with 2/3 majority to pass the proposal. OKay. What about the Chief election commissioner, is it also to be made multi member? What about chief vigilance commissioner? is it to be made multi member. What should be the mode of selection of the membership? Are they to have a three member consortium as the chief justice to make it more democratic?We saw the slavish minded MMS and his chamcha Chidambaram selecting a candidate with criminal antecedents in spite of  DOPT putting up correct notes about him and the leader of opposition recording the objection quoting the currency of a pending criminal case. Nation would have appreciated UPA II accepting the advice of CAG to correct itself. The act of vidhushakan Narayanasamy to make these constitutional authorities to multi member is like a king beheading the  minister giving sane advice.Vidhooshak Narayanasamy has become paronoiac to talk anything just to talk. Do not take him seriously. For spending time he  is talking something bull ....

shree, chennai
1/D-89
Nov 12, 2012
04:48 PM

 Since the present CAG has hit at the scrotum of congress, such a hell of noise is made. It shouts for changing to multi member. CAG is not recruited by another slave of government which is UPSC. with so much of scams screaming about, do you lthink that the mandate of politician to select a bribed candidate does not run? If CAG is to be made multi member,  a constitutional amendment with 2/3 majority to pass the proposal. OKay. What about the Chief election commissioner, is it also to be made multi member? What about chief vigilance commissioner? is it to be made multi member. What should be the mode of selection of the membership? Are they to have a three member consortium as the chief justice to make it more democratic?We saw the slavish minded MMS and his chamcha Chidambaram selecting a candidate with criminal antecedents in spite of  DOPT putting up correct notes about him and the leader of opposition recording the objection quoting the currency of a pending criminal case. Nation would have appreciated UPA II accepting the advice of CAG to correct itself. The act of vidhushakan Narayanasamy to make these constitutional authorities to multi member is like a king beheading the  minister giving sane advice.Vidhooshak Narayanasamy has become paronoiac to talk anything just to talk. Do not take him seriously. For spending time he  is talking something bull ....

shree, chennai
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