The Congress on Thursday sought to dismiss suggestions of any disagreement between the party and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over the latter’s views on issues expressed during his interaction with TV editors.
“There is no ambiguity. The party is with the Prime Minister and agrees with whatever he has said (during the interaction),” party media department chief Janardan Dwivedi said.
Leaders said there was a feeling in the party that the PM by “not appearing very aggressive” during the interaction did the right thing. Otherwise an impression would have been made that the Centre was not acknowledging its responsibility for aberrations, if any.
A senior leader said he found nothing wrong in the PM’s remark that compromises had to be made in a coalition and termed it a fact.
Claiming that the PM’s conference has sent a good message to the people, another leader said Singh’s style of articulation showed he shared concerns of the common man on corruption and was committed to punish the guilty.
He said the televised interaction succeeded in giving the message among the middle class and common men in urban and semi urban areas that the government was serious in taking corrective measures and that the Prime Minister will not condone wrong doings.
Asked whether the Prime Minister appeared too mellowed while answering the corruption related questions, the leader said: “Had there been anybody else, he would have replied more aggressively. But the style differs from person to person”.