New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
on Friday defended his statement on `coalition dharma` saying his
remarks on the subject should not create the impression that
he would not go by the dictates of the constitution.
"I have taken an oath to defend the constitution and
the laws of our country and whatever I may have said about
coalition dharma should not in any way convey the impression
that I am not in favour of following strictly the dictates of
our constitution," Singh said.
The Prime Minister said it goes without saying that
everybody in the country is bound to follow the constitution
"and, therefore, nothing that I have said is inconsistent with
following the dictates of our constitution."
He was replying to a question at an event in Delhi
on whether following the coalition dharma was against
following the constitution.
In an interaction with TV editors recently,
Singh had cited the compulsion of coalition politics behind A
Raja`s re-induction in the cabinet as Telecom Minister despite
"You cannot suggest your preferences and you have to
go by the choice of the leader of the party," he had said.
Raja has been arrested in connection with 2G spectrum