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Cong backs Manmohan on judicial intervention

The Congress on Monday supported Manmohan Singh on his comments that the Supreme Court should not get into the realm of policy making.

delhi Updated: Sep 07, 2010 01:17 IST
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The Congress on Monday supported Manmohan Singh on his comments that the Supreme Court should not get into the realm of policy making.

This comes in the backdrop of judicial observation that the government should freely distribute foodgrains to the poor instead of letting it rot.

It also defended the Prime Minister on his remarks — which privately a number of Congressman are a little queasy about — that the present-day Cabinet is more cohesive than the ones led by Jawaharlal Nehru or Indira Gandhi.

In backing the PM on the twin comments, the Congress also sought to reject charges of a disconnect between the party and the government.

"We completely stand by whatever the Prime Minister has said. There can be no difference of opinion between the party and him… I totally deny that he has rebuffed the Supreme Court. Those in the Opposition who are trying to sensationalise it do not know how the judiciary and the executive function," said spokesman Abhishek Singhvi.

Singhvi claimed that governments routinely argue against judicial review and it was for the courts to accept or reject. He denied that the court had indicted the government, claiming that it had not given any order, judgment or direction but only made an observation which "does not reflect any final or even the interim view of the Supreme Court".

Singhvi also denied any difference, disconnect or paradox between the government and the party in the context of the Sonia Gandhi-led National Advisory Council's effort to hammer out a food security bill.

He attributed all talk of such differences as "illusory and wishful thinking" and maintained that the party encourages diverse views.