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Updated: June 12, 2012 16:12 IST

Team Anna spreading canards about me: PM

Smita Gupta
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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the meeting of the Congress Working Committee at Parliament House Annexe, in New Delhi on Monday. Photo: V. Sudershan
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the meeting of the Congress Working Committee at Parliament House Annexe, in New Delhi on Monday. Photo: V. Sudershan

First, Congress president Sonia Gandhi lit into the Opposition; then a combative Prime Minister Manmohan Singh took on Team Anna, without naming it, for the second time in a week, sharply attacking its members for spreading “canards and falsehoods” about him and his senior Ministers. On Monday, as the extended Congress Working Committee (CWC), the party's apex decision-making body, met at the Parliament House Annexe here, the two top leaders concentrated their firepower not just on their political rivals, but on all those holding them responsible for a range of ills, from corruption to policy paralysis.

But if the duo's sights were set on the government's critics, most of the 42 speakers at the day-long meeting, CWC sources told The Hindu, stressed that charges of corruption and high prices — including the recent hike in the petrol price — were together devastating the government and the party. This even though the Prime Minister spoke of his government taking “action on multiple fronts” to tackle “the menace of corruption” and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee explained how the prices of petroleum products could be rationalised with the cooperation of State governments, while giving the CWC members an overview of the grim economic situation and the steps planned to reverse it. Member after member said it was getting difficult to justify to their constituents the massive hike in petrol price.

Though there was no dissent, there was a great deal of candour, reflecting the desire in the party for changes that could dramatically lift the Congress' sagging fortunes.

Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, CWC sources said, suggested another “Kamaraj Plan” (in 1963, senior Congress leader K. Kamaraj had suggested that all senior party leaders quit their ministerial posts to devote their energies to re-vitalise the Congress). Offering his own resignation as a start, Mr. Hooda urged Ms. Sonia Gandhi to take tough decisions like Indira Gandhi.

Several speakers, including special invitee Mohinder Singh Kaypee, also underscored the need for younger leaders to come forward, with CWC permanent invitee and former Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Ajit Jogi saying Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi must play a larger role in the party. Asked whether the subject of greater responsibilities for younger people was raised, Mr. Mukherjee told journalists: “The discussion was informative; members were candid. Younger leaders will have to come forward — the older chaps cannot continue for ever.”

Coalition blues

The problems of dealing with coalition partners also surfaced, with Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee president Manikrao Thakre and his West Bengal counterpart Pradip Bhattacharya complaining about the Nationalist Congress Party and the Trinamool Congress — parties with which the Congress shares power in the two States: the two men, separately, the CWC sources said, expressed the view that the Congress should go it alone and build up its own organisations.

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INC now stands for Indian Nation Corruption and nothing more.

from:  Santosh
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 10:55 IST

Whether our PM is aware at the amazed wealth of Sharad Pawar, Kamal
Nath, Arun Jaitley, Mayawati, Praful Patel, Kripasankar Singh, etc.
Does he is aware of their per day income. In fact our netas are in
competition to become one among the first 100 billionaires of India.

from:  Srinivasan
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 22:03 IST

If the PM and his Ministers are clean, they should allow a judicial inquiry into corruption cases against them. But if they just claim that they are facing wrong allegations by Anna´s team. The time is running out and 2014 election will be held and if congress loses the election and the new government will be under pressure to file the suits against the ministers and PM. Then the justice will prevail.

from:  Mahesh
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 19:08 IST

Citizens are demanding actions to eradicate national plunder and
drastically curb endemic corruption, against a background of alleged
corruption over a sustained period, on a huge scale, reported by govt
agencies charged with the duty to ensure financial impropriety does
not occur.
A well run govt should not allow these things to happen, and if an
allegation is made, should take the report most seriously and do
everything in its power to stamp out the malpractice. Instead the govt
issued statements to deny or downplay the allegations! And now one
reads that India’s national leaders are making accusations and
counter-accusations!!
How can anything be improved/solved through this war of words or, God
forbid, repressive actions to follow??
What good will it do to "bring in new faces", if the underlying
policies & culture are not also changed? Will anything really change
without effective enforcement of effective anti-corruption laws and
preventative measures, and good governance??

from:  D Mahapatra
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 15:25 IST

What does the Supreme Court verdict undoubtedly prove? That this Govt by the UPA takes "arbitary & unconstitutional” policy decisions, even detrimental to national interests !
Let us not forget, this very UPA Govt also had advocated & issued a statement earlier that "there should be no judicial intervention in policy decisions ". Now should we say we have the answer -why ? Raja was a part of this UPA Govt and this Govt had the right and collective duty to stop Raja . It didnt, even though national interests were being violated . Coalitions are formed to run the country , yes but only according to the constitutional norms & also to protect national interests – not just to stay in power. Where is then the question of “ compulsions of coalition politics “ to allow for “arbitary ,capricious and illegal “ policy decisions to be taken by a Govt ,even detrimental to national interests? The PM is culpable ,without doubt, atleast for neglect of his duty . It is better he resign .

from:  VJ NAMBIAR
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 13:42 IST

What does the supreme court verdict on 2G prove MMSji ? Isnt it a vindication of Team Anna's allegations and that of the people of India that the UPA is corrupt and its policys are not necesarily in national interests?
Wasnt the 2G scam carried out under your nose and in the full knowledge of your senior Ministers ? What did the supreme court verdict say : "arbitary & unconstitutional” policy decisions , even detrimental to national interests !". PLEASE prove the supreme court verdict wrong Mr PM before you say "team Anna or anybody is spreading canards about you ".

from:  VJ NAMBIAR
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 13:36 IST

Being the Prime Minister of India is big deal, but taking the
allegation personally and stating them a false is not the correct way,
as said he can prove he and his ministry is innocent. He is definitely
accountable for all the issues, and then he keeps silence for days,
seldom opens mouth.
Why we need these oldies and what’s the purpose of having lot of
knowledge when we don’t know how to use it
This is very tuff time and India need a drastic change in how thing
are moving, can consider even to revise the constitution according to
current India

from:  Vineeth
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 13:16 IST

I am surprised to see Prime Minister come forward in defence of his party colleagues against accusations of corruption. When pointed questions were raised about individual involvement of ministers holding important portfolio like that of Home, Telecom etc. in corrupt practices by editors of newspapers and channels in a meeting with him a year ago, the prime minister distanced himself from them by bluntly suggesting that he did not authorize anyone to take kickbacks and he was personally not involved in any of such cases. In other words he meant that he was speaking for himself and that he could not vouch for the integrity of anyone else. But now when the civil society is raising the same question he is giving everyone from his government a clean-chit! It ill behoves the Prime Minister to hold a brief for them. He instead should promise a free and fair investigation into the allegations and leave it to the judiciary to decide whether they're clean or culpable.

from:  Mukul Dutta
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 12:28 IST

The PM should have the guts to finger those corrupted Ministers to go immediately from the post and he should keep the coalition partners under his control.The 2G scam and the CWG scam might not have cropped if the PM acted timely.The Prime Minister is accountable only to the nation and not to Mrs,Sonia or to any coalition party chiefs.
The Kamaraj formula won't work until and unless the central Congress party chief allows the state leaders to act independently and the central leadership should stop the picking and choosing of state chiefs and state CMs and all should be elected democratically.

from:  V.Shanmuganathan
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 12:25 IST

The PM said few days back that he would quit from public service if corruption
allgations against him are proved. The public was under the impression that he
was ready for the probe to prove he is innocent. But,the Congress declined saying
Team Anna can follow the legal course available to file the complaint against PM.
Now,the PM himself is asking Congress cadres to respond to Team Anna and
Opposition for the misinformation propagated by them. When the Constitution was
drawn up by Dr BR Ambedkar and his team,it was necessary to foresee all possible
hypothetical situations that could arise in the running of the State. Similarly,there
has to be a mechanism in place to probe a PM while in office for any wrong doings.
However,this does not mean at all that the person holding the high office is really
corrupt. So,I think,there is nothing wrong in the demand of Team Anna,especially
when PM himself having said,he would quit public service if corruption charges are
proved against him.

from:  KS Raghunathan
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 12:10 IST

At least "something" woke up our PM from his perpetual slumber, for him to speak. That in
itself should be seen as success for Team Anna.
And it is interesting that the choice of speaking up has come in defense of himself, and never
against instances of corruption against his own Government. Should then that be seen as
admittance that his Government is not clean, whereas only he (possibly) is?

from:  Mayuresh
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 12:05 IST

The Prime Minister is taking a defensive posture by his very statement.The country expects from him decisive steps to curb corruption. The very least ,as a first step,is to get rid from the Cabinet against whome primae-facia case of corruption is established.Scams after scams tumbled out under the PM watch and nothing substantial has been done to gag miscreants looting taxpayers asset.Instead,after initial drama staged, investigation,arrest, by the CBI,all the players are now being bailed out one by one.Thus,the credibility of the PM as an administrator or 'Mr Clean' is totally eroded.People have lost confidence in the PM and in fact in the entire elected class.This is a grave situation in the backdrop of spiralling hike in price of essential commodities,decline in manufacturing and export,ruppes loosing value,'growth' mantra sounding hollow.The 'free market economy' has turned into economic 'cannibalism'.The time for exemplary stern action is now,tomorrow will be too late.

from:  Prof A N Malviya
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 12:03 IST

How can you forgo the atrocities done by a man, who is the head of a
state, watches his men go crazy?
How can you claim that a man is wrong just because he defends himself?
These two questions and answers to which you can provide apply to both
M.Singh and N.Modi!

If the Gandhi family is behind the Congress, Isn't RSS behind the BJP?

Who is team Anna? Do they represent the collective voice of this
country?

You can rebuke my comment but you cannot stray away from the truth. -
The state should be separate from the church/temple/mosque.
-The team that represents voices of a small population set does not
represent the voices of the whole country.
-The RTI act, which is the cause for all this commotion, was
conceptualized and implemented by Singh's government. Give credit
where credit is due.
I agree there are some bad apples, but, to insist all apples are bad
in the basket just cause a couple is foolhardy.
BJP wont come to power not because of congress, but, because of its
own people!

from:  Tellurian
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 12:00 IST

The senior congressmen and ministers already looted as much as
possible.Now the others also want to loot the nation!!.Instead of
Raja,kalmadi,Chidambaram etc. another set of corrupt leaders will
come!!!

from:  suresh
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 11:57 IST

Dear Mr Prime Minister, I don't know whether you are aware of the
problems that every citizen of your country is facing in your governance. The prices of all the commodities have gone up my more
than double (although you claim a rise of 10-12% only0. Please take a
1000 rupee note and go out to vegetable or fruit market and you will
realize the quantity that you can buy with it (and your ministers
claim that Rs 36 is enough for survival. The truth is that the you
people are just not aware of ground realities and only know the price
at which food is available in parliament. Every day we get to read
about a new scam and rather then coming in open and apologizing to the
nation, your cabinet seems to busy protecting them. Even Mr A Raja and
Mr Kalmadi are out on Bail today. Please understand that your personal
honesty is useless if it cannot fight corruption.

from:  Raj Nimesh
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 11:56 IST

Instead of singing the same old song[spreading canards] time and again by the P.M and Soniajee,why the duo is not moving an inch,and asking for the proof,which the ANNA team is challengingly claiming to have with them,so that people will come to know the fact whether ANNA's team claim is right or wrong.From the oft repeated denials their involvement,it appears that the congress is trying best to get away from the allegations of ANNA team,which is unfortunate.

from:  ANTHONY RAO
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 11:29 IST

It's not about you its about SCAMs happening on regular basis which are
affecting India's growth. This is a perfect time to setup an example
i.e. if some one has proof against any one, including PM, we will take
it seriously. So instead of doing emotional blackmail, setup SIT.

from:  Arpan Khandelwal
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 10:59 IST

Watching others do wrong deeds and not doing anything when you are
supposed to do something to stop others is BIG crime than getting
directly involved in corruption.
Great power comes with great responsibilities which our PM needs to
understand, keeping those powers underutilized and letting other
corrupts to suck the blood of our country is much much bigger crime.
He should realize now that he is not in a right job according to his
capabilities.
He has already done a lot of harm which should be stopped as soon as
possible.
I remember the older time when kids use to say that I want to be like
our PM.

from:  pawan
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 10:57 IST

The PM thinks that he is still a bureacrat and an economist. He should change his mentalitiy as he enjoys the power and facilities of his post. He is heading the executive machinery of a great nation. He is answerable to the people of india rather than his master/madam. The team anna is not giving the fabricated allegations. They are just highlighting the CAG report. The PM is reponsible to prove he and his ministers are innocent. We dont need a highly educated PM who is thinking that he is not accountable to the people but to his boss ( a bureacratic behaviour). Please leave the post at the eeraliest if you ar unable to bring out the truth.

from:  selvaraju
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 10:51 IST

Agree with K.Vijyakumar but one exception. Our 'honest PM' will not let
go his case in law courts and he will himself never go in people's
court(election).

from:  Harpreet Singh
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 10:25 IST

There seems nothing wrong with rebuking this government failure as major economy slumps in last decade,as a part of healthy democracy people have full rights to express their freedom of accusation.
government should come up on front with all these criticism and specially should answer every allegations of corruption if any anti-social campaign is maligning the society on their Nation's accountability.

from:  A Awasthi
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 10:13 IST

We are all believing one of the best PM from congress but now it is difficult to say who is corrupt.Total political party seems to be corrupt.We need to implement strong Lok pal bill to save India.

from:  Shajahan Syed
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 10:03 IST

We cannot predict that our PM is corruption free.He must face an CBI inquiry to prove his honesty

from:  Amal Vijay
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 10:01 IST

Don't question my integrity.... What kind of a defense is that?
Inflation, petrol price hike, CWG Kalmadi, Raja 2G, Black Money in Swiss
Banks, Coalgate etc does not occupy the minds of the Prime minister and
his senior ministers. What they really think about? How to project
Congress image to ensure they come back to power in 2014? How to ensure
the young chaps like Rahul Gandhi etc can occupy key ministerial posts?
Accuse them and their supreme leader Sonia Gandhi develops a sixth sense
and cries conspiracy.

from:  Sunil
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 09:46 IST

Issue has been arised by team Anna it is not against Dr. Manmohan Singh. Instead they(team anna) said against the corrupted people who are there in goverment. Actually people of India still think Congress is a responsible party, this belief is due to presence of such inteligent personality (Dr. Singh). But he should have to take initiative & do changes in his regime. Discontent among the Indian may results in change in goverment/power. I want to tell you Dr.Singh on the behalf of Indians, we believe in you...............

from:  Amol B.
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 09:42 IST

Flat genralized denials is no way. The Govt. has to answer at the bar of public opinion. The PM is always eloquent by his silence.

from:  G.Narayanaswamy
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 09:32 IST

Clutching at straws. Does vibrant democracy mean that anyone can accuse anyone he/ she wants? This is being done on the basis of some reports of the very institutions that are sought to be decried by the so called Civil Society.

Shouldn't we let our PM work us through these difficult economic times. Do we need this constant mud slinging and deriding of anyone and everything?

from:  sundar
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 09:18 IST

Anna and his team members are desperate to fill-in the vacuum created
by lackluster opposition parties like BJP. By targeting PM, they are
just trying to create a furor and have their 5 mins of media-fame
every few days. While the allegations against corrupt should be
investigated but tainting everybody as corrupt and then asking them to
prove their innocence is ridiculous. It is like asking an honest man,
the proof of his honesty. And even more ridiculous is the fact that
those who are making such charges have been smitten by various charges
of corruption which they have conveniently termed as 'propaganda' of
ruling party. I am sorry you can't have double standards on
corruption. How is your corruption lesser as compared to any
minister's deeds? This hypocrisy isn't good for this anti-corruption
movement.

from:  Sanjay
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 09:18 IST

When his govt stated the fact that black money is mostly stored in real estate/gold, tax cheats like Ramdev etc are expected to accuse Dr Singh. We need to understand that corruption is benefitting unduely. Stimulating private firms is pro-growth. Dr Singh did that in 1991 for all IT firms thru tax-breaks. Would we call that corruption? Modi gives incentives for private firms. Is that corruption? Now if CAG is the problem, use Modi tactic. Table the CAG report on the last so there will not be much discussions.

from:  Rajesh
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 08:53 IST

None can spread canards that will hold water if what is planned and allocated is seen through to reach the intended. So what if the centre is dependent on states to implement its policies and budgeted spending? Leaving it to CAG to come up with actual figures is post mortem and damage is already done. Effective governance is when policy is laid down, planning and allocation is done and there is real time monitoring of implementation evoking course corrections in real time. As long as centre shies away from this responsibility in fear of treading on toes be it allies or otherwise, the only sufferers are the people of this country and the chances of the party in power to come back.

Keeping things simple and real will go a long way in changing the mindset of our society to let go of the long accepted corrupt way of life and aspire for real progress.

from:  r n iyegar
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 08:48 IST

"Prevention is better than cure" goes the famous adage, but our
ministers hav learned little from their past debacles and are bent on
continuing with the status-Quo, rather than taking a progressive stand
and focussing on issues concerning welfare and development, much of
their efforts go in satisfying their avarice.
UPA-II is beset with so many scams.. that only change at structural
level can at best bring back some of the lost glory of UPA. but there
are doubts whether the vainglory of Mr.Rahul Gandhi will , if at all,
make an a positive impact, this concern arises primarily because he
has done very little to stake claim as a potential PM candidate.
Chnages need to be done soon else it ll be too late even to cure.

from:  shivanand
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 08:48 IST

There seems wave of panic flowing inside the ruling party when the two
old guns who normally sat separately have clasped their WRINKLED HANDS
FIRMLY to fight against the forces and people determined to ruin the
country from all dimensions. The person who is questioned is the Prime
Minister of India and being a citizen we all have rights to question our
leader upon whom our livelihood and fate depends. You tell us that we
are not in a democracy but something else then we will think other
alternatives but as of now you are responsible to answer the sudden
eruption in corruption, drastic devaluation of Indian Rupee,sudden
increase in outflow of foreign currency and my personal question how can
the PM of my country reply helpless on the question of corruption. We
all know how Baba Raamdev was checked last year and I fear for something
wrong by administration again this time against the people who demand
for honor and honesty.

from:  Piyush Bharati
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 08:30 IST

PM sir, your could do better than this. Instead of taking this opportunity to crush corruption
with an iron hand, you go about accusing a gandhian of defaming you.

This is a chance for you to prove you are sincere in eradicating corruption. If you are clean,
subject yourself to enquiry.

from:  Swarna
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 07:57 IST

Mr Singh denying the visible truth. This government does not have a single decent policy. Everyday we hear about a new scam. And cabinet is full of corrupt ministers still PM talks kiddish. I ask this government to tell three policies or agendas in both the tenure, they can be proud of. Now compare it with the Vajpeyee government and truth can not be concealed.

from:  A R Godara
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 07:39 IST

The UPA turns restless when allegations of the sort of coalgate,skirting around the questionable action of PMO come to the fore. Taking umbrage under the accusations is a dubious ploy to evade accountability. PMO is used to defend taking cover under non-information,and compulsion of coalition, when 2G,Space deal rocked the whole nation. The trump card of much gloated holiness attached to the crown has outlived its usage. The successive scams which made big hole in the national kitty laid bare the inaction of the centre to nail corruption. The credibility of its ministers has received a severe drubbing owing to the murky disclosures. Never has the loss of confidence the people have with our democracy reached such a disbeliving stage than ever before, that the shameful scams have spawned in UPA's rule. M.Singh's ire against the coalgate charges seems too hollow in the light of huge loss meted out to national exchequer under his very nose. Ignorance is no bliss for those in helm.

from:  C.Chandrasekaran
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 07:30 IST

One cannot act like Dhritharashtra and not take any action for misdeed of his subordinates. He is equally guilty for passively watching misdeed and not taking any corrective action unless Supreme Court forces him to act. He should not be scared if he has done nothing wrong? Let independent body investigate.

from:  Akshay
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 07:25 IST

Transparency in Governance is the way to counter any such innuendos. An external ombudsman to oversee the ministers will help. Alternatively, the aggrieved can sue the people who defame them without evidence. If neither is done, then, the public has the right to believe what ever they want! Claiming innocence generally does not work!

from:  Saratchandran
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 07:15 IST

The trust is broken and I lost faith in you. In the given situation
whatever you are saying will not make any sense, instead of it will
increase my anger against you Mr. Manmohan Singh. If you think you
are clean let people examine you. If you found "Not guilty" It will
increase faith and build trust. We will come to know that at least
there is one body (without soul) without corruption. I will respect
you more if you take decision of your own as a prime minister of this
country. I want you to be a leader and not a follower. I want you to
lead this country from bad time of downfall. I am in US right now but
sometime I think of giving up my Indian citizenship as I have lost
faith and hope from you. Why do we have so many pending cases of corruption? why cant we publish a list of black money account
holders? why my dear Rupee is falling? why do I read everyday of Anna
& Ramdev holding protest against you. Please save my country.JAI HIND

from:  Gajen
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 07:10 IST

It is a fact that dealings done by the government and officials under it are not clean.Instaed of either ignoring these with a DON'T CARE attitude, it is better to throw the british made official secrets act altogether, so that people see and judge without any problem.Be sure that inspite of such rules, middlemen and deal pushers in defence department know enough top secrets to make money and we see the luxourious life styles of senior army officials!

from:  Atis
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 07:08 IST

PM and Cabinet are together responsible for governing India as per
Indian Constitution. PM cannot escape from this responsibility in the
name of saying that UPA is an alliance.PM is responsible for all the
Scams his cabinet members are involved. 2G spectrum Scam, Commonwealth
Scam, the recent Coal sale Scam etc etc.PM is responsible for giving a
clean safety chit to Koodankulam Nuclear Plant.On what basis have you
given this safety chit when 25000 local people are frightened of
staying there after Germany, and Japan are closing down all the
Nuclear Plants. PM is responsible for when he cannot do anything on
Bhopal Gas Tragedy.PM is responsible for the plan of 68000 MW Nuclear
Energy by 2032, by then there will not be any CRZ, Fisher People, Fish
Resource and Sea left in India. Please do not play innocence PM when
all these happen in India.Is there any law that all those who are
responsible for all these continue to be responsible even after their
retirement.

from:  Thomas Kocherry
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 06:00 IST

The PM and council of ministers cannot stop India every time the so called civil society (sic! - they are neither civil in their language and actions nor can they claim to represent the society except in voicing exasperation of the citizen on the degeneration and corruption in governance) Why not highlight corruption and degeneration of values in the society in every walk of life on real specifics) - It is neither the fault of the PM nor can the so called civil society do anything by holder a gun to the PMs head for the ills plaguing the society at large and perpetrated by the society as a whole.

Unless they take their dharnas or dramas to the local bodies on specific violations locally and themselves file for an FIR or PIL for instant action by the vigilance and police there is nothing that can be achieved by the super parallel government that team Anna is planning to achieve in this country.

What is needed is reform in mindset of people - not cheap mediatricks playing to gallery.

from:  r n iyegar
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 05:41 IST

One has to stop using the screen to see with clarity, one side govt is accused of using the govt institutions & agencies while Team Anna does not believe in these institutions at the same time reports of same agencies are being quoted in the allegations. This only proves that govt & its agencies are doing their job but viewers have decided to use the screen to see the way like. They do not wish see that govt is doing good job by allowing the agencies to work freely in a democracy & take action n its own members too as & when it is pointed out convincingly (one can not expect the action just on accusation)Team Anna have made many accusations & back tracked also.There is lack of consistency, coordination,discipline in Team Anna , they are misdirected bunch of people who are mishandling the issue of national importance while they themselves are unclean & very often they are hands in gloves with BJP who is pushing them from behind for their own political agenda. While no party is clean

from:  hardev
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 05:19 IST

The PM may be a honest man but not his entire cabinet. If he feels that the charges are false why he should shy away from constituting a committee of retired judges to probe the matter. It is a Govt of Scams after scams for the people.

from:  K.S.Balasubramanian
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 04:44 IST

It is very sad to see UPA II is a complete failure. Such a learned person could not contain corruption at least at high level. All understand that it takes long time. But some postive signal has to come from the government. PM should realise that only court and CAG are unearthing. Not he. All the places Netas are involved and babus not getting caught. Now he is finding himself also in the mess.

from:  Ganesh
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 04:42 IST

The PM is being accused of running a loose ship. Many of his ministers are under serious investigation for corruption. The PM is answerable for standing by and not taking action to prevent any of this. It is shocking that when Mr. Raja refused to toe the line the PM laid down, there was absolutely no action taken. If he stands by while Rome burns a stamp of honesty is just not sufficient.

from:  Pravin Kumar
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 02:48 IST

We have reached a stage that corruption politicians attitude does not
frustrate us, the number of corruptions per month or frequency of
corruption is frustrating us. In a coalition Govt. it’s like a chariot
with multiple horses, except that all the horses are running in
separate direction and have their own mind. Each involving in
corruption and then the person in chariot having to cover them. This
happened with BJP, it’s happening with Congress, we need to stop this.
Coalition Govt. in democracy is counterproductive, it needs to be
banned.

from:  Vignesh
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 02:16 IST

If every 'Hinduthva' and 'saffron robe' accuse Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh of indulging in corruption, is he to go on defending
and showing proof of his uprightness and innocence on each and every
occasion? Those who are crying 'wolf' should be checked first to find
out whether their hands are clean. They are after the PM with
frivolous charges just to fish in troubled waters. The recent
corruption scandals have given them am ample opening to immobilize
the government and to force an mid-term election. That is what is in
their minds. If they have proof of PM's involvement in corruption,
why can't they be out with it? What for they are waiting? It is all
election gimmicks!

from:  T.Sathyamurthi
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 02:08 IST

Sonia Gandhi defends PM against Team Anna's allegations. What is strange about it? Manmohan Singh is obligingly keeping a seat warm for Sonia's son; at least this is what she thinks. There has never been a worthless PM than Manmohan Singh in the history of independent India. There was a long queue. A gentleman walked all the way to the front and found a billboard saying 'all those who are hen pecked husbands should queue here.' In the other queue there was only one man where a message read, 'all those who are not hen pecked husbands, stand here.' This gentleman was so happy to see the courage of at least one man. He walked to him and congratulated him for being a brave man. Completely surprised the man replied, 'I am not sure why you are congratulating me. I am standing here because my good lady asked me to.' Manmohan Singh is no different.

from:  Raj Behl
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 01:33 IST

All I can see is Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh is speaking a lot more
these days.

from:  Pabitra Martha
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 01:20 IST

Even if PM Denies allegations from team Anna,it is a well known fact
that there is lot of corruption, wheeling -dealing going on in various
Ministries at Center and also in various states in both UPA and non-
UPA ruled states.Team Anna should bring out a complete report on all
scams in all states and also a center and CBI should investigate all
these cases and take severe action against all who are found guilty.
Also, the most important thing is that unless people's mindset changes
- people should learn to live within their means and not run after
material things, will this evil not be eradicated. So team Anna should
also educate everyone about this and bring about gradual change in
mentality and thinking. That been said, the western influence on India
has eroded the moral fabric of Indians and instead of leading honest
lives within their means, they are enslaving them to live of pleasure
and acquire material wealth like homes, cars, cell phones etc.

from:  Ram
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 00:38 IST

I agree with Gyan,PM is the leader for his ministers and we have had a series of Scams. Commonwealth Games, Spectrum Etc etc( More to come) and he does not like Anna's team because they are spreading “canards and falsehoods” about him and his senior Ministers. What a Joke. He should quit. He and Sonia have done more damage to the country than anyone else. Criminal Jokers!

from:  Sunder
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 00:03 IST

This is not the language of an honest person coming under some serious attack from his opponents, rather, it is language of a frightened person, who knows he is in trouble. Counter attacking the whistle blowers, irrespective of what their real motive is, is not going to help as they are not fabricating these allegations. All these allegations come out of CAG report which is a constitutional body. It is a serious matter. You can’t shut up people until unless they are Jagan Reddys.
Congress should not draw consolation from Team Anna’s imperfections or alleged bias or selective approach, it needs to prove that it is sincere in changing the way we fight corruption as the present mechanism has failed miserably. What is basis of PM’s claim that ‘we are determined to tackle menace of corruption’? What have you done? Nothing. The country is outraged and want to kick UPA out of office. It is such a shame that in world’s largest democracy the Parliamentarians are so detached from Public sentime

from:  Rohit Nath
Posted on: Jun 4, 2012 at 18:34 IST

Indian People's Should ask or bring someone in Indian SC who work for peopole not for Gov't elected officials....
thats what going on in pakistan should be done in india..
more then 70% indian and pakistani officials wealth is in western countries..and they have dual nationality..

from:  Mohammad
Posted on: Jun 4, 2012 at 18:16 IST

One doesn't need to go through any maniac if he/she is conscientious
on his/her part! Same apply to Dr. Singh, If you are that thorough on
your part, then providing nation the details one common man seek
should not be a botheration. The people just want to know, where all
their hard earned money is going and how come even after such a
struggling life, the growth is still to its bottom?
No one would be more happy than a Jane done, if these allegation will
be proved a 'canards and falsehood' and Dr. Singh, you are absolutely
right, people are 'Desperate' now and they wish to be acquaint toward
the moot topic. They wish to be informed, informed till their agony
are healed!
Silent observation and bearing the afflictions was a part British time
too, but history witness their departure too, that too by common man!
UPA still got 2 years, they still got their chance to improve things,
else '1947' is not far!

from:  Madhur Soam
Posted on: Jun 4, 2012 at 18:08 IST

What else our Honorable PM can do ? he is the silent witness for all the
corruptions happened under his nose. He has maintained the status of the
atma witnessing the karma of the individual soul and not affected by the
actions.

from:  GANESAN R
Posted on: Jun 4, 2012 at 18:06 IST

Anyone who is accused of wrongdoings will, in the very nature of things, reject the accusation. Our PM can therefore be expected to do so and he has. But the matter does not end there. Even in the people's court, let alone in the law courts, he will have to justify his stand. The position "I say so and therefore it is so" does not wash in a democracy,that too in a vibrant democracy like ours.One can see that the beleagured PM's advisers have a very diifficult task to handle.

from:  K.Vijayakumar
Posted on: Jun 4, 2012 at 17:27 IST

If there is mis-information, why doesn't government bring the truth in public? Each month a new scam, a new case is revealed in public by CAG or some other agency and government is busy in saving their faces against such criticisms. This emotional outcry from the executives won't work. How can somebody believe that our PM still holds his saintlyness in the company of goons and corrupts? And why is Mr. PM taking it so personally, isn't it the right of civil society to question the actions of its elected members?

from:  Gyan
Posted on: Jun 4, 2012 at 17:28 IST

why dont this govt do strong corruption bill and get back the black money. for this the govt has no answer.

from:  vijet
Posted on: Jun 4, 2012 at 16:38 IST

There is no smoke without fire. The very fact that the PM is forced into making such a statement is indicative.

Mr PM it is time for you to reflect not deny...

from:  Rajagopal
Posted on: Jun 4, 2012 at 16:38 IST

Manmohanji your colleague Raja and KALMADI also said the same thing all corrupt people will react as you have reacted.

from:  rajesh
Posted on: Jun 4, 2012 at 16:29 IST
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