NEW DELHI: Backing his jailed party members, BJP veteran Mr L K Advani on Monday accused the government of putting “whistleblowers” behind bars while protecting its “corrupt ministers” and said this was happening despite a bill being introduced in Parliament to protect those who expose scams.
“It is indeed shocking to find that the ruling party these days is exerting its utmost to protect corrupt ministers but has no qualms putting whistleblowers behind bars,” Mr Advani said in his latest blog posting referring to the 2G scam and two of BJP’s ex-MPs and his former close aide being sent to judicial custody in the 2008 cash-for-vote scam.
Mr Advani recalled that the Manmohan Singh cabinet approved a bill which protects whistleblowers based on Law Commission’s report submitted to the government in December 2001. The whistleblowers’ protection bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha.
“The bill has not become law as yet. But the cabinet having approved of it, government should feel committed to its core principle,” he said.
Mr Advani said his former aide Mr Sudheendra Kulkarni along with former MPs Mr Fagan Singh Kulaste and Mr Mahaveer Bhagora had “rendered a signal service to democracy by blowing the whistle to expose how in 2008 crores were given as bribes to Lok Sabha MPs to cross vote in favour of the Congress,” to win the trust vote when the Left parties had withdrawn support to the UPA I.
Quoting a WikiLeaks report on the events surrounding the trust vote, he said the Manmohan Singh government “not only indulged in massive bribery to buy MPs to its side, but had no shame flaunting its dirty plans before US embassy officials only to reassure the that the UPA government was not going to fall, and that the Indo-US nuclear deal will go through”.
At the valedictory session of the BJP national executive in New Delhi last week, Mr Advani had referred to the Prime Minister’s comment about the opposition becoming impatient to see UPA government’s ouster.
“I said that in the country today, not only in the media, but also among the people, opinion is unanimous that the UPA government is in an unenviable mess,” he said quoting his speech.