As the CBI special court verdict on 2G cases came as a big relief for the Congress and its newly-elected president Rahul Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh hit out at the NDA government for its “massive propaganda” against the UPA, insisting this was “without any foundation”.Like the Bofors scandal that haunted the grand old party for decades, the alleged 2G scam had given a handle to adversaries and in fact, created a public perception against then UPA government in the run-up to the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, resulting in the worst-ever electoral debacle of the party.Soon after the “unexpected” verdict, the Congress leaders huddled together and decided to up the ante against the government and move a motion seeking a debate on the issue in Parliament on Friday. It also decided to demand an apology from PM Modi, FM Jaitley and former comptroller and auditor general (CAG) Vinod Rai.Congress president Rahul Gandhi dialed Kanimozhi, daughter of DMK patriarch K Karunanidhi, telling her that truth has triumphed. Later, many Congress leaders including Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad visited her residence to express solidarity.Manmohan Singh, whose image of impeccable integrity was hit badly after the 2G scam said after the court order, “I do not want to boast (about) anything. The court’s judgment has to be respected. I am glad that the court has pronounced unambiguously. All the massive propaganda which was being done against the UPA was without any foundation. The judgment speaks for itself.”Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal demanded an apology from former comptroller and auditor general (CAG) Vinod Rai and asserted that what he has been saying from day one about zero loss was vindicated. He insisted that there was no case from the beginning and a “scam of lies”.Many other former Union ministers and senior Congress leaders such as P Chidambaram, Anand Sharma, Kamal Nath, and Azad were also quick to target the BJP for what they called “propaganda against the UPA.””Will all such conspirators, whose ‘sardars’ (leaders) including prime minister Narendra Modi, Arun Jaitley and their “pichhlagu and pitthu” (stooge) Vinod Rai, should their accountability not be fixed,” asked Congress communication department chief Randeep Surjewala.
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