PM to fight scam charges live on TV

PM Manmohan Singh will meet editors of television channels on Wednesday for a Q&A session.

Updated: Feb 16, 2011, 09:55 AM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who has been accused by the opposition of remaining silent on various scams haunting his government, will meet editors of television channels Wednesday for a question-answer session that will be telecast live.

This would be the first such interaction with the media since his government faced one scam after another relating to allocation of 2G spectrum, CWG, Adarsh housing and the latest S-band controversy involving ISRO.

The press meet at Prime Minister`s Race Course Road residence will be telecast live by Doordarshan at 11 am today morning.

Singh, who has been targeted by the BJP for "inaction" and silence, is expected to utilise the opportunity to clear the air, especially in view of the apprehensions that are being raised on his credibility.

As per reports, he would outline the various steps taken by the government to check corruption.

The Prime Minister had interacted with senior editors of the print media in September last and responded to a range of questions.

What makes the event even more important is because it is taking place just ahead of the Budget Session of Parliament, due to start on February 21. The entire Winter Session was a washout over the Opposition’s unrelenting demand for a JPC on the 2G issue.

The government appears keen to ensure that the smooth functioning of the Parliament and has given broad indications that it is not averse to a JPC to probe the 2G scam if the opposition is ready for a prior debate and agree to modalities for such an inquiry.

Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar has convened a meeting of all political parties on Feb 20.

Moreover, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee is likely to meet once again leaders of various parties ahead of the session to resolve the issue.