'Sonia's statement not good in healthy democracy'



New Delhi: Stung by Congress President Sonia Gandhi's rejection of the demand for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's resignation, BJP Wednesday said such an attitude by the ruling party is not helpful in a democracy as the demand "is based on facts".

BJP President Rajnath Singh expressed concern over Gandhi's statement where she had said "let them ask" when the media sought her response to the opposition demand in Parliament for Manmohan Singh's resignation on the coal issue.

"The ruling party should exercise restraint. We are the principal opposition and we are demanding resignation on the basis of facts.

Congress should also respond on the basis of facts. Such an attitude is not good in a healthy democracy," Singh said.

The Opposition continued its tirade against the UPA government on both the coal mines allocation issue and the reported vetting of the JPC report on 2G spectrum scam. It reiterated its demand for Singh's resignation.

"Both the 2G case and the coal scam case are progressing in the same direction... The government is making all-out efforts for cover-up. But the more they do so, the more things are coming out," BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said.

Alleging that such "monumental scams" had never taken place in the past, the main opposition said the "cover-ups" are being attempted as the Prime Minister is "directly involved and is an accused in the cases.

"No minutes or records or reasons have been given why some applicants were selected while some others denied the contracts.

The Prime Minister himself has signed the papers, so he is definitely involved," Javadekar said.

PTI