The CPI(M) on Sunday demanded that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh own up responsibility for the corruption scandals plaguing his government including on 2G and KG basin issues, but stopped short of asking for his resignation.
“The role of Prime Minister in the scandals involving the 2G spectrum distribution and KG basin is questionable. He must own up the responsibility,” CPI-M general secretary Prakash Karat told reporters at the end of the two-day party central committee meeting here.
On why he was not asking for Dr. Singh’s resignation, Mr. Karat said, “The story is not over. It is still unfolding, wait and see.”
He said the argument that somebody is honest does not absolve him of the responsibility for what his Cabinet does.
“Irrespective of who is honest or who has integrity something is happening under your watch and when all this is happening, what is your responsibility? The issue is not whether I am honest or dishonest, but under me there is a team of pilferers and pickpockets. So what is my responsibility in this?” Mr. Karat said.
The senior CPI(M) leader claimed that in both the 2G and KG basin issues, the Prime Minister was “fully aware” of the developments, but did not stop the wrongdoings.
“We had written six letters to the Prime Minister about wrongdoings in 2G spectrum allotment issue, but he did not do anything,” Mr. Karat alleged. Hindu