Hailing the Supreme Court decision,the BJP on Thursday said the verdict has raised serious questions about the credibility,transparency and integrity of the government and that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh cannot escape political responsibility for the scam.
We demand a reply from the Prime Minister now. Will he not accept some accountability now? BJP chief spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said. Sonia Gandhi too should respond,given that she is chairperson of the UPA and the power behind the government,he added.
This repeatedly demonstrates that many major decisions have not been taken in a fair,transparent and just manner, Prasad said,citing the Supreme Courts quashing of the appointment of CVC P J Thomas and order that sanctions to prosecute those facing corruption charges be given within four months.
The opposition party also persisted with the demand for resignation of Home Minister P Chidambaram,claiming that the apex courts decision to let the lower court take a view on whether he needed to be probed or not,had not given him a clean chit. The sword remains hanging over his head and his position has become untenable. The sooner he resigns,the better it would be, Prasad said.
Other BJP leaders elsewhere too came down heavily on the government,contending that the SC judgment had exposed the hollow defence put up by government representatives,especially Union ministers Kapil Sibal and Chidambaram inside and outside Parliament.
Singling out Sibal,the BJP chief spokesperson said the Telecom Minister should be saluted for trying to defend the indefensible. Rejecting Sibals plea that the Prime Minister was never in the know,Prasad read out from the exchange of letters between Prime Minister Singh and then telecom minister A Raja where he asks the latter to exercise caution in the licence process.
BJP MP Ram Jethmalani was even more vociferous,contending that the Manmohan Singh government had now lost the right to remain in power. There is something called Cabinet responsibility. This is a Cabinet form of government and everyone is responsible, he said.
Former telecom minister Arun Shourie too maintained that the blame could not be put on Raja alone.