Advani believes being PM is his birthright: Manmohan Singh

March 23rd, 2011 - 7:03 pm ICT by ANI  

Manmohan Singh New Delhi, Mar 23 (ANI): Reiterating his earlier stand, the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, took on the Opposition over the cash-for-votes scandal, describing their approach as undemocratic and said Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veteran Lal Krishna Advani believes being Prime Minister was his birthright.

“The attitude of the Opposition is undemocratic. Lal Krishna Advani believes being the Prime Minister is his birthright. Further investigation of the scam is in progress. The probe committee report on cash-for-votes scam is inconclusive,” Dr. Singh said in the Lok Sabha.

“The government cannot verify context or veracity of the US cables. We should not go by what some embassy official writes about us. We were not involved in any illegal act nor had we authorised anybody to indulge in any bribe given during the 2008 confidence vote,” he added.

Further quoting from the KC Deo Report, Dr Singh said, “The Committee after taking into account their findings and conclusions in the matter [as detailed in para 141 particularly at (xiv) to (xvii) relating to the roles of Shri Sanjeev Saxena, Shri Suhail Hindustani and Shri Sudheendra Kulkarni], recommend that this matter may be probed further by an appropriate investigating agency.”

The BJP-led Opposition had earlier today criticized Dr. Singh over the latest WikiLeaks cable disclosures on the cash-for-votes scandal.

Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj criticizing the Prime Minister for his statement over the issue, demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the exposure.

“The PM is accountable…he can’t keep putting blame on others. Calling cables unverifiable is equal to avoiding the truth. It is the habit of the Prime Minister to blame others. If it is price rise then (Agriculture Minister) Sharad Pawar is responsible, if it is 2G then (former Telecom Minister) A Raja is responsible and if it is Commonwealth Games then (Suresh) Kalmadi is to blame,” said Sushma Swaraj.

“I don’t know anything, I am not aware of anything, there are coalition compulsions and I am not that much guilty as I am made out to be’ …the people are fed up with such excuses. They are asking why you are the Prime Minister,” she added, while participating in a discussion.

Meanwhile, senior Communist Party of India (CPI) leader Gurudas Dasgupta accused the Prime Minister of resorting to ‘parliamentary piracy’ to win the vote of confidence in 2008.

“The report of a Parliamentary panel on the scam had clearly recommended “investigation by an appropriate agency” into the alleged attempts to purchase votes to win the trust vote on the Indo-US civil nuclear deal,” he said and demanded that Dr. Singh should come out clean.

Dr. Singh had claimed last week that Members of Parliament were not bribed during the July 2008 trust vote. (ANI)

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