Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Wednesday said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his cabinet should have resigned following Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's recent remarks against the ordinance.
Badal said he would have preferred to resign rather than face humiliation in case of such remarks by his party leaders against any of his decisions.
"By terming the ordinance passed by the cabinet headed by the Prime Minister as 'nonsense', Rahul has virtually expressed his no confidence in the cabinet in general and the Prime Minister in particular," the chief minister, who was here to attend a function organised by Sri Ram Navmi Utsav Committee, told reporters.
Badal said he was concerned about the authority of the cabinet being eroded; even a fool could understand that Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi were privy to the passage of the ordinance in the cabinet, and now they could not feign ignorance.
He said though Rahul managers might have tried to enhance his image by indulging in such "cheap tactics", the move had dealt a severe blow to both the cabinet and the Prime Minister.
The chief minister claimed that the UPA government had failed in its duty to safeguard the life and property of people. He said the recent attacks on the police and army in Jammu region were a direct challenge to the sovereignty of the country. "The country needs a decisive and strong Prime Minister to send a strong message to such forces," he added.
Badal claimed that the Shiromani Akali Dal had been advocating fair devolution of taxes along with a strong federal system because the Congress-led UPA government had reduced states into mere begging municipalities. He said they had to get even a village link road sanctioned from the Centre.
Earlier, addressing a gathering, the chief minister lauded the role of the Sri Ram Utsav Committee for carrying out philanthropic works. He said the distribution of scholarship among students by the committee was a noble step.