New Delhi: Congress on Thursday sought to
dismiss impressions of any disagreement between the party and
Prime Minister over the latter`s views on various issues
expressed during his interaction with TV editors.
"There is no ambiguity. The party is with Prime
Minister and agrees with whatever he has said (during the
interaction)," AICC general secretary and media department
chief Janardan Dwivedi told reporters.
Sources in the party said that there is a feeling that
the Prime Minister by "not appearing very aggressive" during
the interaction did the right thing, otherwise an impression
would have gone that the government was not acknowledging its
responsibility for the aberrations if any.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a senior party
leader said he found nothing wrong in the Prime Minister`s
remark that compromises have to be made in a coalition and
termed it as a fact.
Claiming that the Prime Minister`s press conference
has sent a good message among people, he said Singh`s style of
articulation showed that he shared concerns of the common man
on the issue of corruption and was committed to punish those
found guilty of it.
He said the televised press conference succeeded in
giving the message among the middle class and common men in
urban and semi urban areas that the government was serious in
taking corrective measures and that the Prime Minister will
not condone wrong doings.
Asked whether the Prime Minister appeared too mellowed
while answering the corruption related questions, the leader
said, "Had there been anybody else, he would have replied more
aggressively. But the style differs from person to person."
Speaking separately, party spokesperson Shakeel Ahmed
rejected suggestions that the Prime Minister`s remarks might
have rubbed the allies on the wrong side.
"We respect our coalition partners and they also
respect our sentiments," he said, adding that none of the
alliance partners has criticised the Prime Minister`s views
the way media was suggesting.
He was replying to a specific query on whether the
party was concerned that some of the UPA partners had not
taken kindly to the Prime Minister`s statement.
Another party leader, who chose not to be named, said
that the relations between Congress and DMK are not going to
be affected at all due to actions being taken against former
telecom minister A Raja as both parties are on the same page
on the issue as far as taking action in the case is concerned.