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`Krishna has moral right to continue as External Affairs Min`: Naidu

External Affairs Minister SM Krishna has no "moral right" to continue in the post after he brought "shame" to the country by reading the speech of Portuguese minister, senior BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu said.

Hyderabad: External Affairs Minister SM
Krishna has no "moral right" to continue in the post after he
brought "shame" to the country by reading the speech of
Portuguese minister at the UN Security Council, senior BJP
leader Venkaiah Naidu said.

"Was it a negligence or mistake? Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh should explain to the nation why and how it happened at
a world forum and he should also explain what are the steps
being taken in this regard", Naidu told reporters.

"It was a glaring example of how this government was
functioning and how ministers are working", he said.

Krishna has lost his "moral right" to continue in the
post by reading the text of his earlier speaker at the world
forum, he added.

The External Affairs Minister was caught in a public
gaffe when he inadvertently read out the speech of his
Portuguese counterpart at a UN Security Council meeting here
but rectified the error after an Indian official drew his

Speaking at the United Nations Security Council at a
debate on security and development, Krishna read out the wrong
speech for about three minutes before being corrected by
India`s envoy to the UN Hardeep Singh Puri.

Criticising the UPA government for not acting seriously
against those involved in scams, Naidu said after intervention
of highest bodies like the Supreme Court and Controller and
Auditor General (CAG), media and the opposition parties, "we
want to know what are the steps taken by the Centre with
regard to scams and scandals that have come to limelight."

"Let the Centre give an instance that it has acted in
this regard", he said.

Reiterating BJP`s demand for setting up of a JPC to
probe into the scams, the BJP leader said, "It was the
government`s responsibility to keep the session in order by
taking necessary steps. The party would confront with the
government on the issue of scams."

Asked about the party`s strategy if the UPA government
did not agree to their JPC demand, Naidu said, "the strategy
is very clear, we want to confront the government."

The BJP leader said a meeting of NDA parties would be
held on February 22 and a final view on the demand of JPC
would be taken then.

State party chief G Kishan Reddy, former Union
minister Bandaru Dattatreya, party`s national secretary K
Laxman were also present at the press conference.


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