Dismissing any comparison between coal block allocation issue and Bofors pay-offs controversy, Finance Minister P Chidambaram said "2012 is not 1989".
"2012 is not 1989. Do not draw such comparisons", Chidambaram said at the AICC media briefing when asked whether the Opposition was trying to re-enact a Bofors-like scenario.
The opposition had resigned en masse in 1989 following CAG report on the Bofors issue ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. Chidambaram said the chief prosecutor in the Bofors case had finally said Rajiv Gandhi was not at all involved in it.
"It was a complete rebuff to the stance taken by the Opposition in Parliament." Though BJP has not spoken or indicated of its intention to go in for mass resignation from the Lok Sabha to force early election, it has threatened to launch a nationwide "Bofors-like campaign" once the monsoon session of Parliament is over.
Speaking to reporters last week, BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain had said this time his party will put up a fight against Congress which will be "more fierce" than the one seen during the Bofors scam.
The Supreme Court has held that the two-finger test on a rape survivor violates her right to privacy, and asked the government to provide better medical procedures to confirm sexual assault.
The Bombay High Court has refused to quash a criminal complaint against an artist who painted nude and derogatory pictures of his estranged wife in his bedroom
Ahead of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's visit to India, about 50 people on Saturday held a protest in Delhi demanding suspension of talks with China.
Rejecting the bail plea of Saradha Group promoter Sudipta Sen and one of his close aides, a West Bengal court Saturday sent them to judicial custody till May
The Tihar Jail here registered a record turnover of Rs.32.17 crore in 2012-13 against a turnover of Rs.12.20 crore during the previous year.
The orange city on Saturday recorded a maximum temperatures of 47 degrees Celsius, making it the hottest place in the country
Eight villagers, including 3 children, and a securityman of elite Cobra battalion were killed in an encounter between security forces and the ultras in Naxal-affected Bijapur.