Chennai: Slamming Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
on the issue of appointment of PJ Thomas as Chief Vigilance
Commissioner, which was quashed by the Supreme Court, BJP
on Sunday demanded that he should explain the circumstances behind
"The Prime Minister is duty bound to tell whether there was
an error of judgement or some other pressure from outside. We
hope and expect an apology from him to the Parliament and the
countrymen (on Thomas`s appointment)," senior BJP leader M
Venkaiah Naidu told reporters.
On March 3rd, the Supreme Court had quashed the appointment
of P J Thomas as Central Vigilance Commissioner, who was
appointed after the recommendation made by a committee headed
by the Prime Minister. Thomas is facing a corruption case in a
Kerala court relating to Palmolein import scam.
Naidu also demanded that the Prime Minister explain how and
why the appointment was made even as he has owned
responsibility and is scheduled to make a statement in
Naidu recalled that the government went ahead with Thomas`s
appointment despite Leader of the Opposition in the
Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj expressing reservations against it.
"With Supreme Court striking down the appointment, the
Prime Minister stands exposed. This incident has caused huge
embarrassment to the UPA government which is bruised and
battered," he said.
He charged the Prime Minister with having "failed to live
upto the expectations of the people" as the government was
duty-bound to appoint an officer with impeccable integrity.
Thomas, the then Food Secretary of Kerala in 1992, is the
eighth accused in the palmolein import case.
On the issue of corruption, Naidu said the ambit of the
Joint Parliamentary Committee, appointed to probe the 2G
spectrum allocation scam, should also cover other issues and
added that BJP`s office bearers would meet soon to chalk out
the future course of action in this regard.
He alleged that Congress was trying to put an end to the 2G
spectrum allocation issue by pinning the blame on DMK leader
and former IT Minister A Raja, and asserted that all involved
in the scam must be brought to book.
He said the people were losing faith in the current UPA
regime and wanted the BJP-led NDA to come back to power.
To a question, he said the very survival of the government
at Centre was dependent on agencies such as CBI, Income Tax
and the institutions of Governors which "are being misused in
the most brazen manner."
"The CBI is being misused to keep friendly parties under
control and opposition under threat," he charged.
Describing the UPA as "vulnerable", he also charged it with
failing to act on the black money trail.