BJP flays PM for silence over JPC, says he lost `will to rule`

BJP on Friday targeted Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for his "complete silence" on the ongoing impasse over formation of a JPC to probe into 2G spectrum allocation and said he should not be seen losing his "will to rule".

Updated: Dec 10, 2010, 19:01 PM IST

New Delhi: BJP on Friday targeted Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh for his "complete silence" on the ongoing
impasse over formation of a JPC to probe into 2G spectrum
allocation and said he should not be seen losing his "will to
rule".

"It`s not merely going abroad. Besides this entire
impasse, there are two-three other factors which are visible
after this stalemate. The most visible factors have been the
complete absence and silence of the Prime Minister on the
issue of major stalemate and crisis which this country is
facing," Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley
told reporters here.
He was responding to a question on the visit of the
Prime Minister to Belgium and Germany during the ongoing
Winter Session.

Jaitley said in a democracy, the Prime Minister occupies
a premier position and he "can`t be absent from a national
debate in or out of Parliament, particularly when the whole
country is extremely interested in knowing the real truth...on
crucial domestic issues, a Prime Minister should not be seen
to be losing his will to rule."

Maintaining that Prime Ministers do have to go abroad
even during sessions, he said such tours, however, should be
avoided as far as possible when Parliament was in session.
To a question on the logjam in Parliament, Jaitley said
his party does not like the stalemate. "But the stalemate has
resulted in the resignation of the Minister (A Raja) and the
CBI raids...whether the raids are an eyewash remains to be
seen," he said.

Attacking the government for not accepting the demand of
the Opposition for a JPC probe, he said "they are willing to
get the matter examined by Public Accounts Committee or a
retired judge but not by JPC. The terms and reference of JPC
and its wider scope has perhaps caused them worry."

PTI