New Delhi: The BJP Saturday said Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh "cannot be lying" on the controversial
appointment of the CVC but has "opted to mislead" the people
on the issue and demanded sacking of the top official.
Party spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy termed as "most
shocking and amazing" Solicitor General`s contention before
the Supreme Court that the selection panel had not been
provided with all details on P J Thomas background before his
appointment as the CVC.
"But we would not say the Prime Minister is lying. Of
course, he can`t be lying... It is very amusing that we can
say the Prime Minister cannot lie. We know he cannot lie. And
of course, he has opted, under whatsoever reasons, to mislead
and get misled," Rudy stated.
He said "this establishes a culpability, the guilt of
the Prime Minister" as well as that of Home Minister P
Chidambaram who was present in the meeting.
The new CVC has almost refused to resign and the
government should sack him, the BJP spokesman said.
"He (Thomas) has rebuffed all the attempts by the
government and emissaries. There are some facts and
revelations which indicate that a big lobby had worked to
induct him and influenced the committee to see that he is
inducted. Even the name of the Chief secretary of Maharashtra
He wondered why no one has till now mentioned former
MOS and now Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan in
the case but said it "seems all is falling in place".
"We do not know how much embarrassment the government
would still prefer to have. Whether the government would like
to have the sacking of the CVC from the Supreme Court.
Whether the government is so weak and guilty that it does not
have the courage to sack the CVC," Rudy said.
The BJP claimed that Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha
Sushma Swaraj had clearly told the panel that a prosecution
case against Thomas was still pending in the court in the
Kerala Palmolein import controversy.
BJP expects the CVC to step down immediately in the
interest of democracy. "Failing so, the Prime Minister must
gather enough courage to sack him if he is not guilty and
wants to vindicate his position," Rudy said.