Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said the issue of Gujarat governor exercising her discretion to appoint a lokayukta was not a valid reason to disrupt Parliament. The BJP has been disrupting proceedings demanding the recall of the governor.
“We have systems to address such grievances. The matter is in court. Let the court take a view on it,” the PM said.
Interacting with the media during his return journey from Dhaka, the PM said all political parties introspect on disruption of Parliament, terming it a national loss. “The government has a duty to carry on the legislative business but it is not happening. Without apportioning blame to anybody, all parties must introspect,” he said.
Singh said the politics of India is such that many states would be ruled by parties that are not ruling at the centre and differences could emerge. “We have to resolve such issues locally. In this case, the specific issue in Gujarat is not a valid reason to disrupt parliament,” he said. The PM said his opinion was not a criticism of any particular political party.
‘Corruption a national concern’
The PM said corruption was a national concern and the efforts to tackle corruption must be united. When asked whether the public support for Anna Hazare’s movement against corruption was a matter of concern for him, he said “Corruption is a concern for everyone including the government. We must take credible action in order deal with this.”