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Congress booklet targets Vajpayee Government

By Our Staff Correspondent

BHOPAL, APRIL 17. A special booklet that has been brought out by the media committee of the All-India Congress Committee is being used by Congressmen in Madhya Pradesh as a handy instrument for targeting the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Government at the Centre.

The 56-page booklet, which describes the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Government as `ineffective and corrupt', begins by seeking a vote for change to free the country from the "clutches'' of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance Government at the Centre.

"Instead of fulfilling its promises and meeting the hopes and aspirations of the people, the Vajpayee Government was neck-deep in corruption," it charges. Hence there was dissatisfaction and unrest all around, the booklet goes on to point out.

Talking of scams, the booklet focuses attention on Tehelka scam and reminds the readers how the former BJP president, Bangaru Laxman, had been caught on camera allegedly receiving cash. The booklet talks extensively about the Tehelka scam.

The BJP-led NDA Government and more particularly the Defence Minister, George Fernandes, have once again been accused of committing `gross impropriety' and indulging in `corruption when it came to the purchase of caskets for soldiers killed in the Kargil war. The Vajpayee Government has come under further attack in this booklet, which points out that between 1998 and 2003, as many as 136 MiG aircrafts had crashed killing a large number of Indian Air Force pilots. The Central Government has also been accused of transferring Rs. 7000 crore collected from the tax payers for the Kargil war to the General Revenue fund and not utilising this money for Defence purposes.

Besides Kargil and Tehelka, it especially talks of the UTI scam and the circumstances in which the US-64 scheme had been suspended causing huge loss to the small investors.

The long list of scams also throws light on irregularities that had been allegedly detected in the allotment of petrol pumps and gas agencies under the Vajpayee regime. There is also special focus on the Judev tapes.

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