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BJP to raise scam issue in Parliament
Staff reporter
 GUWAHATI, July 10 – The BJP today made a strong pitch for widening the ambit of the investigating agencies probing the Rs 1,000-crore NC Hills scam, and asserted that it would strongly raise the issue in the Parliament as well.

Addressing a press conference, BJP national general secretary Arjun Munda said that while recent developments had laid bare the thriving nexus of politicians, bureaucrats and militants, a thorough probe covering all departments as against just five given to the CBI was a must to get to the roots of the scourge.

“Apart from stalling the development process, the militant-politician-bureaucrat nexus is also a big threat to the nation’s security…there is an urgent need to widen the scope of the CBI inquiry to embrace all the departments, as there have been efforts by vested interest circles to restrict the ambit of the probe,” Munda said.

The BJP leader also made it clear that the party would continue with its nationwide movement against price rise, saying that wrong economic policies of the Congress-led UPA Government were responsible for the unprecedented price rise. “MNCs are increasingly impacting the government policies with the result that the masses are bearing the brunt of the price rise,” he said.

Citing an example, Munda said that the price of sugar exported from the country was much lesser than that of sugar imported from outside at the same time. “This exposes whose interest the Government is serving…the people have a right to know why such anomalies are continuing but our economist Prime Minister has been maintaining a stoic silence both inside and outside the Parliament,” he said.

Munda said that ‘international monetary pressure and international terrorism’ were hell-bent on destroying India, and the people needed to put up united resistance to thwart it. On the issue of Maoist violence, he advocated a holistic approach involving consensus, saying that the Centre was confused over the matter. “It is a grave problem and needs to be addressed pragmatically,” he added.

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