PM spoke on CWC’s behest: Sharad Yadav
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Last Updated: Wednesday, June 29, 2011, 19:20
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.


First Published: Wednesday, June 29, 2011, 19:20

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