THE TIMES OF INDIA
31 March, 2011
Last Updated: 2011-03-08 19:53:52
"We had asked the Prime Minister to introspect on the CVC issue.... He has accepted that it was an error of judgement. He has also said his Minister of State had not presented all the facts," BJP Chief spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters in Parliament House complex.
Another party spokesperson Tarun Vijay described Singh's statement in Parliament as "pathetic and naive".
"Perhaps, the Prime Minister was trying to gain sympathy on the issue.... But he could not answer why only one name was suggested by him," Vijay said.
He insisted that the Prime Minister accepting that he was not aware of all the facts does not absolve him of his "fault".
"Is this the way the Prime Minister's Office is being run?" Vijay said.
CPM leader Brinda Karat also expressed dissatisfaction at the statement made by Singh.
New Delhi, Mar 1 (PTI) A demand for disclosing the names of ministers and officials involved in procurement of six phased-out aircraft from the US for Indian Navy was made in the Rajya Sabha today through a Special Mention. These 35-40 year old helicopters were procured at a cost of Rs 182.14 crore when they "were on the verge of completing their air frame life," Tarun Vijay (BJP) said. "The procurements were made putting national security at stake...the aircraft were meant for training to cadets putting their lives at risk too," he said demanding immediate disclosure of the names of the persons involved in the deal. These helicopters were delivered with many defects resulting in their non-availability leading to delay in training and operationalisation of the squadrons, Vijay said, adding the Defence Ministry has already received a rap from CAG on it.