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‘Replacing PM not enough’

delhi Updated: Mar 13, 2011 00:08 IST
Shekhar Iyer
Shekhar Iyer
Hindustan Times
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While the BJP debates how to corner the government over corruption, senior leader LK Advani on Saturday said the office the PM occupies lacks integrity.

“It’s not that PM Manmohan Singh lacks integrity. But today nobody can deny that the office he occupies lacks integrity.”

He, however said “good governance cannot be achieved simply by one person being replaced by another in the top.”

He mooted a four-point systemic change — electoral reforms including state funding of elections, administrative overhaul for transparency, positive incentives for honest wealth creation and fast-track mechanism to probe all major scandals and deterrent punishment to the guilty.

Advani's remark comes in the wake of an BJP's internal debate due to perceived differences between opposition leaders Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley.

Advani’s speech at the “Leadership Conclave” organized by IIT Delhi alumini association dwelt in detail why Singh could not escape blame.

BJP chief Nitin Gadkari had only two days ago made it clear that the BJP would not go soft on Singh.

Outlining the opposition's plans, Advani, who traced governance deficit to ethical deficit, said, “We will keep the government on its toes. If 2010 was the year of the scam, we will ensure that 2011 becomes the year of accountability.”

He faulted the PM for not correcting his stand when Swaraj, in her role as one of the 3-member panel, had pointed out that the person being appointed as CVC was chargesheeted in a corruption scandal.

“After the Supreme Court’s verdict quashing P V Thomas’ appointment, the PM said it was an error of judgement. But couldn’t the error have been easily corrected before appointment after Sushma Swaraj spoke out?”

He also flayed Dr Singh for blaming the “compulsions of politics” to absolve his own office of the blame in the 2G spectrum scam in keeping its “eyes wide shut” when “the loot was going on.”