Patna: Questioning the division of power between Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and Congress Party president Sonia Gandhi, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said that the current UPA-II regime lacks integrity and goes against what the architects of the Indian Constitution envisaged.
"The Prime Minister is always considered to be the leader of the country. Therefore, the leader of that political party which forms an alliance should be given the responsibility of the Prime Minister. This is very simple fact. This is the major problem here, as political power is vested in some hands and administrative power in some other hands. Even the architects of our Constitution would have never thought about such a division of power," said Kumar.
He also added that it was false to assume that the Congress Party had failed on several fronts due to alliance compulsions, whereas the fact was that were conflicts within the party itself.
"On the one side, there is an issue of consensus between the ruling party and its allies, and on other side, there is an issue of a consensus between the largest party itself. So, they have to decide how to solve it. You can see the example since their party has come into the power. Government will be in power, and, I wonder as to how Prime Minister's image should be clean, because if the Prime Minister does not have confidence, and then, the whole country also loses faith, and this is what has happened," added Kumar.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his government have been under severe criticism over alleged involvement in various corruption issues such as the telecom scam, the misappropriation of funds of Commonwealth Games funds, manipulation in the allotment of flats in the Adarsh Housing Society, besides many others.
The most recent scam linked to the government is the Comptroller and Auditor General's (CAG) report on a coal scam, which has resulted in Parliament not functioning during this past week.
The BJP has held the Prime Minister, who then held direct charge of the coal ministry, responsible for what has been estimated as a notional loss of Rs 1.86 lakh crores by the CAG in coal block allocations, and demanded his resignation.
The CAG report on coal block allocations states that nearly 150 coalfields were allotted to private and state-run firms without transparency and objectivity between 2005 and 2009.
First Published: Sunday, August 26, 2012, 11:56