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Prakash Karat slams Congress, BJP over rampant corruption

Thiruvananthapuram , Sun, 16 Oct 2011 ANI

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 16 (ANI): Taking a dig at both the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over corruption, Communist Party of India (Marxist) General Secretary Prakash Karat has said that graft couldn't be fought by shadow boxing between the two parties, but by addressing the root cause of the problem.


"Why this form of accumulation of capital by open loot, by expropriation, by disposition is taking place-whether it's mineral, whether it's land, whether it is water and other natural resources? Therefore if you want to fight corruption of this type, it can't be done only by political shadow boxing by the Congress and the BJP. We will have to go to the root of the problem," Karat told the media here.


The telecom corruption scam, which may have cost the Indian exchequer around 39.57 billion dollars in potential revenue, is considered as the biggest of several graft cases that emerged in the second term of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.


Former Telecom Minister A. Raja was forced to resign and was sent to jail after the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG), indicted him in his report.


Several top telecom company executives have also been arrested in connection with the telecom scam.


The BJP too has been embroiled in corruption in Karnataka.


Commenting on former Karnataka Chief Minister B. S. Yeddyurappa, who has been sent to jail due to graft charges, Karat said: "We have already said all those who have been involved in the mining scandal, they should be proceeded against."


"This is just the beginning; there are others also involved. I think prosecution of all those should be conducted," he added. (ANI)


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