New Delhi: Congress Wednesday refused to comment
on reports that Telecom Minister A Raja, facing allegations of
corruption, could be dropped in the next Cabinet expansion,
merely saying that it is the Prime Minister`s prerogative.
"It is the Prime Minister`s prerogative to drop or induct
any minister," party spokesperson Shakeel Ahmed said when
asked whether there is any possibility of such an eventuality.
Ahmed also deflected a query on whether the party is
happy with the performance of Raja saying, "It is not a
question of Congress being happy or unhappy with Raja`s
"The Prime Minister had said unless the probe is
completed, it would not be appropriate for him to say
something in favour or against (Raja). That is also the
party`s stand," he added.
Ahmed also refused to comment on conflicting statements
from Kadapa MP Jaganmohan Reddy and AICC in-charge for Andhra
Pradesh M Veerappa Moily over continuance of the former`s tour
of Telangana region, saying it is for them to explain it.
On UPA`s report card, Ahmed said that the government
has repeated its resolve to work for the betterment of the
common man and the party is hopeful that UPA-II will take more
steps for the people in the coming years.