Advani launches fresh attack on UPA Govt on CVC controversy

In a posting on his blog, the BJP leader alleged that the government has "totally abdicated its responsibility in matters of pre-empting wrongdoing by scamsters".

Maintaining that credibility is the most important attribute of an individual or an organisation, Advani, who has often targeted Manmohan Singh as a "weak Prime Minister," said, "Today the Manmohan Singh Government's credibility is in a shambles."

Noting "whether it is the case of P J Thomas or A Raja, or Hasan Ali, or Commonwealth Games officials, it is repeatedly the Supreme Court that has had to take action, rather than the government", the BJP leader said the incidents have highlighted that "ethical deficit" in the UPA government was "far more serious than its governance deficit".

Advani also referred to Home Minister P Chidambaram's remark almost a month back that there was a governance and ethical deficit in governance that needed to be taken serious
note of.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, the Home Minister had said, "I think we should take serious note of the concerns expressed by captains of industry and business. There is indeed a governance deficit in some areas and perhaps there is also an ethical deficit."

Advani said President Pratibha Patil had to officially cancel the order appointing Thomas as Central Vigilance Commissioner last Thursday, "perhaps because even after the Supreme Court quashed the CVC’s appointment in its order declared Thomas’ appointment as ‘non-est’ in law, the officer had not relinquished charge."

Advani had yesterday said that it is not Manmohan Singh but the office of Prime Minister that is lacking integrity and suffers from a "governance deficit". He had also attacked Singh for blaming "compulsions of coalition politics" for anomalies in the 2-G spectrum allocation.

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