Kolkata, March 3 (IANS) The apex court judgement striking down the appointment of Central Vigilance Commissioner P.J. Thomas shows how “honest” Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is being “victimised for the wrongdoings” of coalition partners, Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) central committee member Md. Salim said here Thursday.
Speaking after the Supreme Court struck down Thomas’ appointment for his alleged involvement in a corruption scandal, Salim alleged that Manmohan Singh was “run by proxy”.
Salim told media persons: “He (the prime minister) is being victimised for all the wrong doings of coalition partners. I am pained to see his condition.”
“He is a great academician, economist, and known for his integrity. But being good is not enough. He has to be judged in a broader perspective, especially when he is the prime minister. It seems he lacks judgment of his own. He is run by proxy.”
In New Delhi, CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury said: “The prime minister needs to answer in parliament how they went ahead despite all the facts known to everybody…even the leader of opposition (Sushma Swaraj) objected to that. They have to answer. He needs to explain…”
Yechury said he would raise the issue in parliament.
Salim said the apex court’s judgement was yet another proof that the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA), and particularly the constituent parties like the Trinamool Congress, Nationalist Congress Party and DMK are shielding the corrupt. “They are trying to save them (the corrupt) and are shamelessly using the parliamentary system for this.”
A high-powered committee, consisting of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Home Minister P. Chidambaram and opposition leader Sushma Swaraj had selected Thomas for the CVC’s job in 2010. However, Swaraj had vetoed Thomas’ appointment for being involved in a palmolein import scam.
The UPA government has been receiving flak from all quarters over the scams relating to 2G spectrum allocation, the Commonwealth Games and the S-band allocation.