Cong lauds PM after his press meet; attacks BJP

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 16, 2011 - 22:05

New Delhi: Congress on Wednesday utilised Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh`s statement over BJP`s non-cooperation
in the passage of Goods and Services Tax (GST) to question the
opposition party as to why CBI action against a former Gujarat
minister should come in the way of the reform measure.

"If the Prime Minister has given a statement, it needs to
be taken seriously. BJP should introspect as to why an
important economic reform like GST should be stopped because
CBI has as per the Supreme Court direction proceeded against
someone (Amit Shah) accused in a fake encounter case," party
spokesperson Manish Tewari told reporters here.

He was reacting on Singh`s press conference in which he
blamed the Opposition for delay in introduction of
Constitution Amendment Bill on Goods and Service Tax.
Singh had said the Opposition, "particularly the BJP, has
taken a very hostile attitude," because of some decision taken
"against a particular person, against a minister in Gujarat".

BJP President Nitin Gadkari, however, termed as
"laughable" the Prime Minister`s charge that the BJP was
attacking the government to vent its anger over the action
taken against a Gujarat Minister (Amit Shah).
Tewari also lauded Singh`s press conference saying the
Prime Minister answered all queries "transparently and
truthfully" and played the role of a statesman. He said it was
a "candid and forthright" attempt to respond on all issues.

While BJP termed the press conference as "very
disappointing" and accused Singh of trying to "cover up"
various scams, CPI-M attacked the Prime Minister for equating
the loss with subsidising foodgrains and alleged that the
latter "virtually tried to justify" the spectrum scam.

Dismissing such criticisms, Tewari said the party gives
"ten out of ten" to the Prime Minister for his performance and
added the country got financial stability and increased
international repute during the six and a half years of UPA
government under his leadership.

Claiming that UPA has taken firm and resolute action
whenever any irregularities came to fore, he said that BJP`s
record is in contrast to it and the latter only tried to
"sweep under carpet" such matters.

Tewari also dismissed impressions that the press
conference in a way indicated that the Prime Minister was
lonely saying "there is no question of loneliness. There is no
difference between the party and the Prime Minister. The party
has always stood behind every decision of the PM."

Asked about Singh`s remarks on compulsions of coalition
politics, the Congress spokesperson said, "Prime Minister
merely and correctly underscored what the reality and
compulsions of coalition politics are" and hastened to add
that this was not reflective of any re-thinking on alliances.

To repeated queries about opposition attack that Singh
tried to justify 2G scam, Tewari said the comments are being
"quoted out of context" and Singh was only saying that "no
conclusions should be drawn till the judicial process is
completed."

PTI




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