New Delhi: Congress on Saturday steered clear
of controversial issues like rise in sugar price and
absence of ministers belonging to other allies from Cabinet
"If prices of sugar have risen, I will get back to you
after getting the information from the Food Minister. But
you can also make your own inquiries from the Food Minister,"
party spokesperson Manish Tewari told reporters who wanted to
know why the sweetener was now costing high despite good
Tewari also sidestepped question on several ministers
like M K Alagiri as also Mamata Banerjee, who has now become
West Bengal Chief Minister, skipping several Cabinet meetings.
"There is GoM on the media specifically constituted
to address queries regarding the government matters. You can
pose your question to them. It will be more appropriate," he
Tewari also brushed aside questions on Union Minister
Salman Khurshids`s controversial comment on Sachchar Committee
report saying the minister himself can better explain his
Tewari also cautioned against falling prey to
"jingoism" when asked about reports of Chinese incursions into
the Indian territory. "Jingoism should not be our approach to
such sensitive issues. We must be very measured in addressing
the sensitive issues."
The Congress spokesperson also expressed concern over
the reports of fishermen of Tamil Nadu being harassed by Sri
"It is very unfortunate and condemnable if innocent
fishermen are being targeted," he said, adding that the party
is confident that the government will definitely be taking up
the issue appropriately.