Even as the monsoon session — disrupted due to opposition’s demand for Prime Minister's resignation over the coal block allocations — ended on Friday, cabinet colleagues came in strong support of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Stating that the BJP had caused incalculable damage to constitutional democracy and wasted taxpayer's money, minister of state for planning, science and technology and earth sciences Ashwini Kumar derided the party for demanding the PM's resignation.
Kumar, who earlier called the demand for resignation perverse, said the BJP had stretched the concept of ministerial responsibility to the point of absurdity by "attributing moral responsibility to the ministers concerned for administrative decisions".
"Given the unanimous recommendation of a broad based screening committee, could the PM as the minister in charge, have reason to doubt the integrity of the entire committee or of the decision making process," Kumar said.
Kumar also reiterated Singh's statement on Friday that promised corrective action against issues raised in the CAG report over coal block allocations. The government has disputed the findings of the CAG report that pegged the loss due to coal block allocations without auction at Rs 1.86 lakh crore.
The minister said a departmental head could not be held morally responsible for actions taken without knowledge of any alleged fraud, flaw in evaluation of cases and recommendations.
Posing questions at BJP, Kumar said, "Will the BJP and its supporters claim moral superiority in cases of coal mines allotment considering own CMs and MPs opposed the competitive bidding procedure?"
"The BJP's politics is an invitation to political instability, internal strife, social divides and an anarchist polity that can secure neither our present nor our future," the minister added.