No need for PM to resign over CAG report: Farooq

Union Minister Farooq Abdullah on Saturday said there was no need for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to resign just on BJP`s demand.

Updated: Sep 01, 2012, 14:09 PM IST

Srinagar: Union Minister Farooq Abdullah on Saturday said there was no need for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to resign just on BJP`s demand, as he was not been appointed to the post by the opposition party.

Abdullah was responding to a query regarding BJP`s demand of PM`s resignation over the CAG report on allocation of coal blocks.

"Who are they to demand his (Singh`s) resignation? Have they put him there?" Abdullah said, noting that the demand for PM`s resignation was absurd as the opposition parties had not given the mandate to him.

"Why should the PM step down? Does every PM steps down just because the opposition wants it," the Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy said on the sidelines of a function here.

Abdullah said the PM has always said he was ready to respond to all the questions regarding the CAG report, but the opposition was "not willing for a debate" over the issue.

He also said the ongoing stand-off in the Parliament over the issue will have no impact as "the nation will continue to move forward."

Meanwhile, Abdullah expressed hope that the Indo-Pak Foreign Minister level talks will lead to positive developments with regard to easing visa laws and facilitating cross-LoC trade in Jammu and Kashmir.

"We are hopeful that the September 8 meeting (between External Affairs Minister S M Krishna and his Pakistan counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar) will lead to positive developments...The confidence building measures (with regards to Kashmir) will move forward," Abdullah told reporters on the sidelines of a function here.

He said he was expecting progress on easing of visa laws between the two countries and measures for boosting cross-LoC trade, including opening bank branches on either side.

The minister said Ajmal Aamir Kasab, whose death sentence was upheld by Supreme Court, should face the law for killing so many people during the 26/11 attack on Mumbai in 2008.

"Who am I to interfere in the verdict of the Supreme Court? What have I got to do with that?" he said.

Abdullah said Kasab had killed so many people and he should be made answerable for his actions.

"He killed so many people...Let him answer for that," he said.

Abdullah said the recent meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari would have a positive outcome.

"Only by meeting and talking can we remove the misunderstandings. If we maintain distance, the misunderstandings will only increase," he said.

Asked about the implementation on the recommendations made in the Justice Sagheer report, Abdullah said he was at present in the Centre.

"Ask me about Government of India," he said.