NEW DELHI, March 3 � With Supreme Court quashing the appointment of P J Thomas as the CVC, the government came today under a scathing attack from the Opposition which said the verdict had dealt �yet another blow� to the UPA and asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to explain who would take responsibility for it, reports PTI
The CPI went a step further to demand the resignation of Home Minister P Chidambaram for �justifying� the appointment of Thomas.
The issue was raised by the Opposition both in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha soon after the Supreme Court struck down the controversial appointment of the Central Vigilance Commissioner.
The BJP asked the government to make a statement in Parliament considering the �serious� nature of the issue which has dealt �yet another blow to the credibility� of the Congress-led coalition.
Senior BJP leader L K Advani said it was for the first time in 60 years that an appointment made by the Prime Minister had been declared illegal by the apex court.
�The Prime Minister and (Congress chief) Sonia Gandhi are morally responsible for it and they should accept it�, he said. BJP President Nitin Gadkari described the Supreme Court verdict as a �slap� on the government�s face. Party spokesman Ravi Shankar Prasad asked, �Will the Prime Minister own up the responsibility� and said Singh should explain to the nation.
The CPI(M) said it was a �serious indictment� and the Prime Minister and the government �stand exposed to the charge that they are not concerned with ensuring the integrity of the CVC or fighting corruption in high places�.
CPI leader Gurudas
Dasgupta said, �This is yet another blow after the telecom and CWG scams and after many things that have eroded the credibility of the government.�
Raising the matter in Rajya Sabha, Leader of the Opposition Arun Jaitley said, �serious strictures� have been passed by the court against the government.