New Delhi: Opposition JD-U on Wednesday saw
nothing significant in Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s
interaction with editors and took a jibe at him saying that
the one who is offered the crown cannot govern.
"One who is offered the crown cannot really govern.
He (Prime Minister) spoke today because he was told in the
Congress Working Committee meeting to do so. You cannot turn
chalk into cheese," party President Sharad Yadav said when
asked to comment on Prime Minister`s media interaction with a
group of senior editors today.
He also attached no importance to Prime Minister`s
statement on Lokpal. Singh said he has no hesitation in
bringing himself under Lokpal but that many of his Cabinet
colleagues were of the view that bringing the institution of
the Prime Minister under Lokpal would create "an element of
instability which can go out of hand".
"The post of Prime Minister is not personal. He is
elected by 100 crore people. What opinion anybody holds
personally (on bringing him under Lokpal) does not matter at
all. What is important is the opinion of Parliament," he said.
The Prime Minister has also said that he would like
to be "guided" by political parties on this issue.
The JD-U chief at the same time refused to tell his
party view on the issue saying let it first come up before all
party meeting and Cabient. His comments came on a
day when Anna Hazare is meeting the JDU chief in the evening.
Yadav also attacked the government over corruption and
fuel price hike and suggested that a situation was evolving
for a mid-term poll in the country.
Yadav alleged that the government has deferred to
August 1 the commencement of the monsoon session of Parliament
which usually begins in July as it wants to cut short the days
for Parliamentary business to evade contentious issues on
which the Opposition will corner it.
Asked whether the government or the Opposition was
ready for a mid-term poll, Yadav said that elections do not
happen with anyone`s desire.
"Many Prime Ministers like Morarji Desai, Rajiv
Gandhi, HD Devegowda did not want an early poll. But
sometimes such situations emerge in the country that elections
have to take place," he said.