Advani asks President to act against PM's anti-CAG statements

President Pranab Mukherjee was asked to solve his first political crisis since taking charge, when a delegation of the BJP met with him today to seek his intervention in order to prevent the institution of the Comptroller and Auditor General from being sullied due to the statements made against it by the Prime Minister and other Congress leaders.

A delegation consisting of senior party leader LK Advani, PAC chairman Murli Manohar Joshi and Leaders of Opposition in both Houses of Parliament, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley, met with the President at Rashtrapati Bhavan today where they presented a statement seeking his intervention in the statements being made against the CAG.

After the meeting, Advani said that they had met with the President to speak about the government's conduct following the tabling of the CAG report on coal block allocations, which had led to the Monsoon Session being disrupted.

The BJP leader said he had asked the President to intervene in Coalgate.Reuters

"We have told the President that when it comes to the battle against corruption, we will continue our campaign inside and outside Parliament. We believe the government is corrupt and the battle against corruption will continue," Advani told reporters.

"We conveyed to the President that the concern was that in the ongoing political battle if democratic institutions are weakened and are not respected as required, then your intervention is required,"  he said.

The BJP leader said the delegation had pointed out how the Prime Minister and officials from the Prime Minister's Office had made disparaging statements against the CAG.

"When the PM makes such statements, other associates in his party also get the license to make similar statements," Advani said, adding that some Congress leaders had even accused the CAG of acting in collusion with the BJP.

"We said that since it (CAG) is an important democratic institution and if the government acts in this manner then your intervention is essential," he said.

The BJP leader said that the President had promised to consider the appeal placed before him by the BJP delegation and would take action if needed.

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