JD (U) on Sunday took a dig at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for asking bureaucrats to show boldness in decision making, wondering how civil servants can be active under a "captain" who has maintained silence on various cases of corruption.
The party's national spokesperson Shivanand Tiwari claimed that the Prime Minister remained a "mute spectator" when a volley of corruption allegations were being levelled against the UPA government.
He referred to the 2G scam and irregularities in the run up to the Commonwealth Games to claim that Singh took no action to check corruption.
Referring to the controversy over coal block allocation, Tiwari alleged that while on the one hand, people in Bihar lacked proper power supply, entities were given tonnes of "free" coal on the other.
"Under the captaincy of such a Prime Minister, how can the bureaucrats play an active role (in decision making)," he said in a statement.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had on Saturday asked civil servants to show "boldness" in decision making, assuring them that there would be "no witch hunting" in the name of fighting corruption.
Addressing them on the Civil Services Day in New Delhi, Singh had asked the bureaucrats to fight the tendency of not taking decisions because of the fear that things might go wrong and they might be penalised for that.