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Left, BJP ask PM to punish guilty

By The Assam Tribune

NEW DELHI, March 8 � BJP and Left parties today voiced dissatisfaction with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh�s clarification on the appointment of CVC, demanding that his acceptance of responsibility should be taken forward by taking action against the guilty, reports PTI.

�We had asked the Prime Minister to introspect on the CVC issue.... He has accepted that it was an error of judgement. He has also said his Minister of State had not presented all the facts,� BJP Chief spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters in Parliament House complex.

Asked if the main Opposition wanted that those responsible should be brought to book, Prasad said, �We have already said that accountability should be fixed. He (PM) has accepted his accountability.�

Another party spokesperson Tarun Vijay described Singh�s statement in Parliament as �pathetic and naive�.

�Perhaps, the Prime Minister was trying to gain sympathy on the issue.... But he could not answer why only one name was suggested by him,� Vijay said.

He insisted that the Prime Minister accepting that he was not aware of all the facts does not absolve him of his �fault�.

�Is this the way the Prime Minister�s Office is being run?� Vijay said.

CPM leader Brinda Karat also expressed dissatisfaction at the statement made by Singh.

�The Minister of State who did not present all the facts has been promoted as Chief Minister.... Where is the morality, accountability and responsibility on this issue?� Karat said.

Asked what action should be taken, she said it is now for UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Singh to take a call on this issue.

The Prime Minister yesterday termed as an �error of judgement� the appointment of P J Thomas as CVC and told the Lok Sabha that he accepted �full responsibility� for it.

�I have no hesitation in repeating what I said in Jammu. Obviously, there was an error of judgement. I accept full responsibility for it,� Singh had said.

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Left, BJP ask PM to punish guilty

NEW DELHI, March 8 � BJP and Left parties today voiced dissatisfaction with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh�s clarification on the appointment of CVC, demanding that his acceptance of responsibility should be taken forward by taking action against the guilty, reports PTI.

�We had asked the Prime Minister to introspect on the CVC issue.... He has accepted that it was an error of judgement. He has also said his Minister of State had not presented all the facts,� BJP Chief spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters in Parliament House complex.

Asked if the main Opposition wanted that those responsible should be brought to book, Prasad said, �We have already said that accountability should be fixed. He (PM) has accepted his accountability.�

Another party spokesperson Tarun Vijay described Singh�s statement in Parliament as �pathetic and naive�.

�Perhaps, the Prime Minister was trying to gain sympathy on the issue.... But he could not answer why only one name was suggested by him,� Vijay said.

He insisted that the Prime Minister accepting that he was not aware of all the facts does not absolve him of his �fault�.

�Is this the way the Prime Minister�s Office is being run?� Vijay said.

CPM leader Brinda Karat also expressed dissatisfaction at the statement made by Singh.

�The Minister of State who did not present all the facts has been promoted as Chief Minister.... Where is the morality, accountability and responsibility on this issue?� Karat said.

Asked what action should be taken, she said it is now for UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Singh to take a call on this issue.

The Prime Minister yesterday termed as an �error of judgement� the appointment of P J Thomas as CVC and told the Lok Sabha that he accepted �full responsibility� for it.

�I have no hesitation in repeating what I said in Jammu. Obviously, there was an error of judgement. I accept full responsibility for it,� Singh had said.