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Manmohan paying for Congress’ ‘sins’: Javadekar

Union Minister for Environment and Forests Prakash Javadekar   | Photo Credit: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

Union Minister for Environment and Forests Prakash Javadekar has said here that he sympathised with the former Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, who landed in trouble for not having stood up to pressures from the Congress high command in the allocation of coal blocks.

Answering a question on court summons to Dr. Singh in the allocation of coal block to Hindalco, Mr. Javadekar told reporters here on Sunday that he sympathised with Dr. Singh because the latter favoured the auction route in allocations but did not muster courage to press his point of view before the party. The Congress leadership did not allow Dr. Singh a free hand. As a result, he was needlessly paying for the ‘sins’ of his party.

The Minister accused the Congress of sending letters of recommendation to the Prime Minister and his Cabinet colleagues on several issues. Former Union Minister Jayanthi Natarajan went on record confirming the practice of the Congress.

“The fault of Dr. Singh was that he was in the seat of power but never exercised power,” he remarked.

Mr. Javadekar expressed confidence that the Land Acquisition Bill, which was passed by the Lok Sabha, would get the approval of the Upper House in the coming days.

Recalling that senior Congress leader and former Union Minister Kamalnath had said here a few days ago that the Bill would not be passed by the Rajya Sabha where the BJP did not have the numbers, Mr. Javadekar said he hoped wisdom prevailed over the Congress to ensure the passage of the legislation. In any case, a dialogue was already on with the Opposition to see that the Bill was passed because there were no more doubts left on the merits of the legislation. The government had made nine amendments to the Bill to dispel all doubts in the minds of people. It listened to “saner voices” in making amendments. The Minister said the Mines and Minerals Bill which was referred to the select committee would be among four Bills to be passed by Parliament from March 18 to 20.


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