May 042013

Bansal may quit

As Pawan Kumar Bansal meets Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, speculations are rife that the Union Railway Minister might resign over the Railway Board bribery case. The Prime Minister, however, is unlikely to accept his resignation, said sources on Saturday.

The Congress has already clarified that Bansal doesn’t need to resign over the issue as he has explained his position both to the government and the party. The issue is likely to be discussed at the Congress core group meeting on Saturday evening.

The Opposition, however, has sought his resignation and said the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) should prosecute him. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) also alleged that because Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi protect their ministers, they indulge in corrupt activities. “This government is no more a common man’s government. It is a government of dealers, brokers and middlemen. All decisions of the Government of India are on sale,” said BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad.

He also reiterated his party’s demand for PM’s resignation saying he has “no moral right left to govern India because under his leadership, India is getting established as the most corrupt country in the world”. “Congress has reduced government to a bazaar, where every decision is tradeable,” said Prasad.

He also requested President Pranab Mukherjee to intervene in the matter. “Within his constitutional rights, the President of India should exercise his authorities to ensure that Bansal is booked and appropriate actions are taken against him,” the Rajya Sabha Opposition leader said.

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