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PM's resignation no solution, says BC Khanduri

PTI  Dehradun, September 23, 2012
First Published: 10:13 IST(23/9/2012) | Last Updated: 11:57 IST(23/9/2012)

Departing from BJP's official line over the series of alleged scandals swirling around the UPA government, party veteran BC Khanduri on Sunday said resignation by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is 'no solution' to the political stalemate and called for political reforms to root out corruption instead of going for 'short-term solutions'.

"The Prime Minister's resignation is no solution. Another will come and the same thing will happen again. We go for short-term solutions, we don't try to eliminate the root cause of the problems that ail the system," the former Uttarakhand chief minister told PTI in an interview even as BJP is still insisting for the prime minister's resignation.

Khanduri, who is credited for bringing a strong Lokayukta bill in the hill state, also asked the Central government to give immediate clearance to the bill which is pending before President Pranab Mukherjee for final assent.

Noting that the Prime Minister is a good economist, he said he is under intense pressure and was unable to 'deliver'.

"The pressures of coalition politics hurdle the path to reforms. We must actually stem the rot at its root cause," the former Union road and highways minister said.

Calling for political reforms, he said time has come when the country must adopt a system where there should be some stability like fixed tenures of the government.

"Unstable governments fail to implement their programmes. There should be fixed tenures for governments," he said.

Asked whether this would become counter productive if a corrupt person becomes prime minister, Khanduri retorted there should be provisions for impeachment like in the US.


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