New Delhi, Feb 6 : Taking cognizance of reports in a section of media that UPA regime had asked the Intelligence Bureau to establish a 'coup attempt' under Gen V K Singh to topple the Manmohan Singh government, BJP on Wednesday wanted to know under 'whose behest' such a move was carried out.
The saffron party's official Twitter handle specifically wanted to know whether AICC president Rahul Gandhi had 'authorised' such a move.
"Plotting a coup is 1st order treason. But the Congress had no qualms taking this route to gratify its perpetual hunger for power. Was it authorised by then party Vice President Rahul Gandhi?," the statement said. "On whose behest was he (Gandhi) acting? We demand an answer," the tweet said. "We demand an answer," it added.
The statement from the saffron party comes in the wake of reports that the then Prime Minister Dr Singh was led to believe by a section of UPA that a sentiment was building up in the country, which could result in the defeat of his government.
'A worried Manmohan Singh took this fictitious threat seriously and asked the IB to look into it. The IB, after doing the inquiry, got back stating that there was no chance of a coup as no Army chief, anywhere, could think of staging a coup, if he did not have the support of his top officers," the report had claimed.
The episode had surfaced around the time when the UPA-II was facing the onslaught of relentless anti-corruption campaign, led by Anna Hazare especially.
The CAG had alluded to kickbacks and dubious deals in the allocation of 2G telecom licences, leading to a loss of about Rs 1.76 lakh crore.
Corruption on a massive scale was also alleged in the organising of the Commonwealth Games in Delhi in 2010, as well as a housing scheme for widows of war victims in Mumbai, Coalgate scam and the privatisation of Delhi airport.
These scandals also resulted in a round of resignations and the imprisonment of several Congress leaders and UPA top leaders, including A Raja and Suresh Kalmadi. (UNI)