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Unfair to sit on dharna and demand ministers' resignation: Govt

PTI  New Delhi, October 13, 2012
First Published: 21:00 IST(13/10/2012) | Last Updated: 21:09 IST(13/10/2012)

Information and broadcasting minister Ambika Soni on Saturday said law minister Salman Khurshid would respond to the allegations against him on returning from his foreign visit and questioned whether it was fair to demand resignations by creating pressure through 'dharnas'.

"Salman Khurshid, the law minister, has been representing the government outside, he is not in India. He is expected back either late tonight or tomorrow. I am told he himself has scheduled a press conference where he will naturally satisfy all questions and answer to the extent you want him to answer," Soni told reporters in New Delhi.

Soni said Khurshid had a reputation of being a "very upright" law minister and a "honourable" political leader whose side of the story needed to be heard.

"The charges put against him in television channels and his trust indeed would have a shattering effect on anybody because you haven't even heard his side of the picture," Soni said.

"Let him be back tomorrow, he will speak to you all. He is not running away, he will give you the real picture and then it is better to televise and take the story further if you feel, it needs to be taken further," she said.

Soni said government cannot function if people sit on dharnas setting conditions for ministers' resignation.

"It's easy for people to level charges but there has to be much more to it than sitting down on a strike and saying either he resigns or we will continue to sit .... I think that's not looking at the way governments function in a democracy. There is a rule of law," she said.

"You don't ask for a resignation just suo moto like that, How can a government work?" she said.

She said governments could not work under pressure and the UPA government certainly did not do so.

"Today, somebody will sit (on a dharna), tomorrow I will sit, then somebody else....If you only keep asking for resignations, then how will the government work?" she said.

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