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'Ministers leaving cabinet like rats on sinking ship'

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, July 09, 2011
First Published: 23:52 IST(9/7/2011) | Last Updated: 23:54 IST(9/7/2011)

Days after textile minister and DMK leader Dayanidhi Maran quit the Union cabinet, CPI general secretary AB Bardhan commented that some "wise" ministers are abandoning the cabinet like "rats jump out of sinking ships."

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"There are some ministers who are abandoning the ship like rats do when the ship is about to sink...They are wise people. It is like taking anticipatory bail because some of them know that investigations have come close to them and now they are under close watch," Bardhan said at an interaction with journalist organised by the Indian Women's Press Corps on Saturday.

The CPI general secretary alleged Congress was on the decline and people have "lost faith" in UPA government which speaks regularly about tackling corruption and price rise but does nothing except for getting the ministers under fire resign from the cabinet.

"How many speeches have (Prime Minister) Manmohan Singh and (Congress chief) Sonia Gandhi made against corruption, but the next day one minister resigns Who is next? In my view, it's Murli Deora. After the allegations levelled against him, what is the propriety in his continuing? He has to go," Bardhan told reporters at the meet.


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