Sonia holds `real power`, PM in-charge: Khurshid

Union minister Salman Khurshid says that Congress chief Sonia Gandhi holds the `real power` in the UPA coalition though Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was very much in charge of the government.

New Delhi: Union minister Salman Khurshid
says that Congress chief Sonia Gandhi holds the `real power`
in the UPA coalition though Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was
very much in charge of the government.

"Of course everybody knows that she (Sonia Gandhi) is
the real power, but he (Manmohan Singh) is the real Prime
Minister," Corporate and Minority Affairs Minister Salman
Khurshid told a news channel in an interview.

Khurshid`s response came when he was asked whether the
real power in India was Sonia Gandhi and not Singh.

To a question on who between Gandhi and Singh decides
whether a minister continues in Cabinet or not, Khurshid said
the Congress president and the Prime Minister decide it
"together".

When asked whether it is not infringement of the
prerogatives of the Prime Minister with Gandhi also joining
him to take decision on a Cabinet minister, Khurshid said, "No
it`s not an infringement. Of course he is a Prime Minister, he
must take responsibility. But she (Gandhi) is the leader of our
party."

To a question why Delhi Chief Minister Sheila
Dikshit, Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy and Sports
Minister MS Gill should continue in their offices when several
agencies are probing the alleged CWG scam, he said, "If there
is something that looks substantive and serious we take
action... But you can`t execute a person before you reach a
point of final judgement."

Replying to another question whether Prime Minister
was weak to ask even one of his five Cabinet ministers
allegedly facing charges of corruption to step down, he said,
"You can`t say about him that he wouldn`t want to take action
if he was satisfied that we have reached the stage where
action is necessary."

PTI

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