Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Manmohan Singh ready to come under Lokpal ambit

The last time when Singh had faced the cameras, he had sought to blame every wrong that his government committed on the "coalition dharma". This time, he hopes that the editors would make the good doctor speak on a host of issues, including Lokpal, Aircel-Maxis deal, 2G scam, corruption and inflation.
The Prime Minister was critical of the media and said that it has become an "accuser, prosecutor and judge".
Manmohan Singh was ready to be under the ambit of the Lokpal but a final decision on the issue would be taken by his cabinet colleagues, said one of the editors who attended a media interaction with the prime minister Wednesday.

Singh's interaction today morning was the second with the senior Editors. The Prime Minister had met the editors of TV Channels in February this year and his last interaction with the newspaper editors was in September last.
"The drafting panel will take a final call on the issue," said Congress spokesman after the meeting. Activist Anna Hazare and his associates have been demanding that the PM and the higher judiciary must be brought under the jurisdiction of the Lokpal, a proposal that has found little favour with the government thus far.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is learnt to have indicated to his party colleagues that he is willing to be brought under the ambit of the proposed Lokpal.
The prime minister also said that he had taken the “first initiative” to approach civil society activist Anna Hazare and yoga guru Ramdev.
Hazare further denied charges that the Lokpal will be like a parallel government. "It will function just like the Election Commission. It would be an independent body, but will not function like a parallel government," he said and stressed that provisions of the Bill were within the limits of democracy.

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