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PM takes BJP head on, says it’s not letting govt work

Firmly rejecting the BJP’s demand for his resignation, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh accused the opposition party of diverting the government’s attention from crucial national issues. Varghese K George reports.

delhi Updated: Sep 01, 2012 02:21 IST
Varghese K George

Firmly rejecting the BJP’s demand for his resignation, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh accused the opposition party of diverting the government’s attention from crucial national issues.

“If I was resigning, I would not be here,” he told reporters on his return journey from the Iranian capital Tehran, where he attended the 16th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit.

The BJP has been disrupting Parliament, demanding the resignation of Singh over adverse comments by the Comptroller and Auditor General, the national auditor, on coal-block allocation.

Singh told the BJP to “respect the verdict of the people”. “Well, I hope Opposition will see sense... We have been elected by the people and I sincerely hope that the BJP will respect the verdict of the people and let the government function.”

Asked whether he was allowing the BJP to dominate the debate on coal allocation by disrupting House proceedings, Singh said: “I have to maintain the dignity of the office of the prime minister. I cannot get into tu-tu mein-mein or in a slanging match with political leaders. It is better, as said I earlier, that I keep silent.”

It was not too late for the BJP to recognise that there was “too much at stake”, and that the Opposition and government must work together to tackle the problems of the country, the PM said.

"Unfortunately from one crisis to another, BJP's politics has been to disrupt Parliament ... These are all diversionary tactics... We are preoccupied all the time. These diversionary tactics naturally affect the capacity and the ability of the government."

Reacting to the SP and Left parties’ demand that Parliament should discuss the coal allocation after cancelling it, the PM said: “If they are coming together to plead with the BJP that what is going on in Parliament, which is not good for the country and for Parliamentary democracy, then it is welcome.”