Question mark over who is No 2 in govt: Advani

BJP leader Advani took a dig at the Congress saying though there was always a question mark over who was the number one.

Updated: Oct 24, 2011, 13:41 PM IST

Sambalpur: BJP leader Advani on Monday
took a dig at the Congress saying though there was always a
question mark over who was the number one in the government,
now by creating a "pecking order" the government has now
raised a question mark over who was the number two.

On reports about a hierarchy set by Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh, he said, "This pecking order has been declared
and its importance is that all important decisions will be
taken by the Prime Minister in relation to the cabinet."

At the same time, he said this "does not mean that no
permission is required from 10 Janpath," in relation to key
decisions.

The Prime Minister has directed that either Finance
Minister Pranab Mukherjee or Home Minister P Chidambaram
should remain in Delhi to look after the day-to-day affairs of
the Government while he is underway on three foreign visits
next month.
Singh is also understood to have ordered that either
Mukherjee or Chidambaram be present if any meeting of the
Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs (CCPA) takes place in
his absence.
Advani said in the 2G scam, "all the ministers involved
and all who the court had indicted were from DMK. There has
been a demand that the Home Minister`s role should also be
probed. Is this `pecking order` an attempt to thwart a probe
against him in the 2G scam after the indictment of DMK
ministers".

He also referred to media reports which have said that
the "pecking order" was an attempt to "demolish the number
two" and added it was generally held that Finance Minister
Pranab Mukherjee was number two, though he could not "vouch"
for the reports.

Advani said that in the 2G scam, the government on its
own had not "taken any action and all the action had been
taken only because of the Supreme court or the CAG".

PTI

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