Janata Dal (United) chief Sharad Yadav,who had initially supported Railways Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal over the bribery allegation,changed his stance Thursday and called upon him to resign.
The change of track by Yadav comes close on the heels of the diametrically opposite position taken by Bihar Chief Minister and senior JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar. Whatever I had said about Bansal was based on the information available to me then, Yadav said. But now,the kind of reports that are coming in about his relatives being arrested,I wonder why should he continue and take more flak.
Whom do you want to save?,Yadav asked of PM Manmohan Singh while referring to Law Minister Ashwani Kumar. He felt Kumar should have resigned on his own without waiting till July to hear the Supreme Court verdict in the coal scam probe report case.
He said the judiciary was stepping in because the executive,even though elected by people,was failing in its duty. Otherwise,where was the need for the court to intervene if the Coal Minister had said we made mistakes in the allocation of coal blocks and we would rectify them.