New Delhi: The government and the ruling
Congress on Monday claimed a high moral ground over Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh`s statement in the Lok Sabha owning up the
`error` in appointment of PJ Thomas as CVC saying the gesture
was graceful and magnanimous.
"The Prime Minister gracefully said he accepted the
responsibility and Sushma Swaraj (Leader of Opposition) also
showed the grace and not raised the issue in Lok Sabha,"
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal told
At the AICC briefing, Congress spokesperson Abhishek
Singhvi said the Prime Minister`s act reflected magnanimity
and complete candour of Government of India by accepting
full responsibility for a "bonafide error".
Pointedly asking how many leaders from the opposition
and BJP have done so, he said there was no example of it from
the other side.
Noting that there should be a limit to how much one
can keep harping on an issue, Singhvi said, "The matter has to
be treated as closed at some point of time."
Earlier in the day in Lok Sabha, Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh described the appointment of Thomas as an
"error of judgement", adding he accepts "full responsibility"
Singh said the government respects the Supreme Court`s
verdict and would consider the guidelines given by it in
appointing a new (CVC) Central Vigilance Commissioner.
"I have no hesitation in repeating what I said in
Jammu. Obviously, there was an error of judgement. I accept
full responsibility for it," Singh said.
He stated this when Opposition created an uproar after
his suo motu statement had no mention about responsibility and
contained only the sequence of events beginning from the
appointment of Thomas as Central Vigilance Commissioner and
its annulment by the Supreme Court last week.
In his statement earlier, Singh said, "We accept and
respect the verdict" of the Supreme Court on March 3 and that
the government would take into consideration the court`s
guidelines/directions while appointing a new CVC.