Introspect honestly then quit, BJP tells prime minister

Introspect honestly then quit, BJP tells prime minister

With the ruling Congress putting up a brave face after the removal of Pawan Bansal and Ashwani Kumar  from the Union Cabinet, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) raised its campaign against the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, asking Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to ‘honestly introspect’ and ‘step down.’

The principal Opposition continued its demand for Singh’s resignation over his alleged role in the coal block allocations. Rajnath Singh who heads the BJP accused Kumar of changing ‘the heart’ of the report of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on the coal block allocations to protect Singh.

"Why was the CBI report doctored by the Law minister (Kumar) in the presence of a PMO official? Was it not an attempt to cover up the details of coal block allocations during the period when the PM himself held the Coal ministry?” Rajnath Singh asked, seeking Kumar to explain how he was ‘innocent’ and made a ‘scapegoat.’

“If the prime minister does an honest introspection, then resignation is the only option for him,” Rajnath added, asking Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi if there was any place left for ‘ethics and principles’ in politics or if ministers step down only after an adverse comment by the Supreme Court.

Rajnath Singh sought to know from the Congress why the decision to remove the two ministers was delayed, maintaining that the budget session of Parliament could have been saved and important legislations like Food Security Bill and Land Acquisition Bill could have been passed, had Bansal and Kumar been removed earlier. The BJP wanted these Bills to be debated and passed with some amendments, Singh said.

Citing the UPA government’s failure in various fronts including economy and governance, the BJP president virtually blew the bugle for 2014 polls and said the elections were the ‘only alternative’ left before the country amid the ‘present circumstances.’  He announced that the BJP would launch a nation-wide court ‘arrest agitation’ from May 27 to June 2, to apprise the people of the failures of the UPA government.

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