Posts tagged ‘Manmohan Singh’

August 16, 2011

After Hazare’s detention, Manmohan Singh calls cabinet meet

New Delhi, Aug 16 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has scheduled an emergency meeting of the cabinet Committee on Political Affairs in Parliament House at 10.15 a.m. Tuesday following the detention of Gandhian activist Anna Hazare in the morning.

The meeting will take stock of the situation arising out of Hazare’s detention by the Delhi Police early morning, hours before he was set to proceed on an indefinite fast demanding a stronger Lokpal Bill to deal with the corrupt.

Others scheduled to attend the meeting include Home Minister P. Chidambaram, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Defence Minister A.K. Antony and Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, officials in Prime Minister’s Office said.

External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna, Renewable Energy Minister Farooq Abdullah, Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal and Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi are also scheduled to attend the meeting, they added.

Hazare, 74, had announced Sunday he would proceed with his indefinite fast at the Jai Prakash Narain Park near Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium close to the old quarters of the city. The Delhi Police had imposed prohibitory orders there.

He was detained along with some 250 of his supporters including activist Arvind Kejriwal and former top cop Kiran Bedi. Some of them were taken into custody from other places in the city.

‘Don’t let my arrest stop this movement. This is the nation’s second struggle for freedom. The entire world has come to know how deep rooted corruption is,’ Hazare had said in a statement, minutes before his detention.

‘I appeal to you that let there be no violence in this movement. I also appeal to you, young and old alike, to give eight days of your life to the nation – if necessary for a jail bharo andolan (fill the jails campaign).’

His supporters, who were detailed from various places, described the police action as unconstitutional.


July 15, 2011

Will bring perpetrators to justice: PM Strongly condemning the “barbaric” bomb blasts in Mumbai, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday said that those responsible for the tragedy will be brought to justice and promised that his government will do everything to prevent such attacks in future.

“Perpetrators of the blasts shall be subject to the rule of law that they have sought to subvert. They shall be pursued relentlessly and brought to justice quickly,” Manmohan Singh said in a statement shortly after his arrival in the city accompanied by UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

Singh, who arrived here to take stock of the situation said, “I cannot find words to condemn the barbaric acts of terror that resulted in the senseless killing and injuring of innocent people in Mumbai yesterday. I understand the shock and outrage of the people of Mumbai. I share their pain, anguish and anger.”

The Prime Minister, while trying to comfort those affected by triple terror blasts, said, “I have come here in solidarity with the people of Mumbai,” while extending his “deepest condolences and sympathies to those who suffered in the terrible tragedy”.

Shortly after his arrival here, a security review meeting was held at the Mumbai airport, which was attended by NIA chief, ATS chief, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and all top officials of the state government.

Singh said he had asked Union Home Minister P Chidambaram and Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan to continue to coordinate their efforts and resources to “relentlessly pursue the perpetrators”.

After the review meeting, the Prime Minister held a meeting with top Congress leaders and discussed the situation in Mumbai in the aftermath of the blasts.

The Prime Minister and the UPA chief later visited Saifee and JJ hospitals, where a number of those injured are admitted.

Earlier in the day, Dr Singh had announced an ex-gratia assistance of Rs two lakh each for the kin of the deceased and Rs one lakh each for the seriously wounded from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund.

The Prime Minister cancelled the scheduled meeting of the Union Cabinet and decided to fly to Mumbai to take stock of the situation personally.

The Prime Minister also sought the cooperation of all citizens in this effort, saying “we owe this” to the grieving families.

He also assured the people that “the government will do everything in its power to prevent such attacks in the future.”


July 7, 2011

Will PM drop Dayanidhi Maran?

New Delhi: With the continuation of DMK’s Dayanidhi Maran in the Union Cabinet increasingly becoming untenable, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh may decide on his fate as early as within the next 24 hours.

As per reports, Thursday, if the CBI goes ahead and names Maran in the 2G scam chargesheet then his exit from the Union Cabinet will be a certainty.

The status report of the Central Bureau of Investigation in 2G spectrum case submitted to the apex court, yesterday, pointed the finger at Maran for the delaying of telecom company Aircel’s application for 2G licence and forcing it to be sold to Malaysian company Maxis during his tenure as communications minister in 2006.

The report has provided fresh ammunition to the opposition to target Maran and the United Progressive Alliance government.

Importantly, Congress sources were quoted by a news agency as saying that the party will consult the DMK before taking a decision on continuation of Maran.

The Congress Core Group had yesterday met at the Prime Minister’s residence and is believed to have discussed the issue.

Clearly a lot will also depend on the stand taken by Maran’s grand uncle chief M Karunanidhi. The DMK chief is not in the best of terms with the Congress over the arrest and jailing of his daughter Kanimozhi and that of his trusted man A Raja.

Maran is the textiles minister at present and was the communications minister in 2004-07.


June 29, 2011

Finally, PM enters No-Silence zone

New Delhi:  It’s almost certain to be the most closely-watched makeover in India.

After criticism from the Opposition and apparently from a section from within his own party, Dr Manmohan Singh will start sharing his opinions on the stands that he and the government hold on issues of national importance. His mode of communication will be through meetings with news editors, the first of which is scheduled for today.

Neither his party nor his office indicated how often these sessions will be held, indicating only that they would be “regular.”In the last few months – a period of bumpy political weather, corruption scandals and unsettling inflation – Dr Singh has been seen as non-communicative.

With the Opposition accusing the government and Dr Manmohan Singh of a “governance deficit,” sources in the Congress say the party wants to convey that its leaders are not on the defensive. At a recent meeting of the Congress Working Committee, many party members reportedly stressed that the PM’s reputation and image as one of the country’s most honest leaders should be better employed.  They suggested that by being more open and more visible, Dr Singh could convey his government’s determination to fighting the corruption that many feel is now ubiquitous among practitioners of power.

Today’s meeting will bring a group of five magazine and newspaper editors together with the PM. Dr Singh has so far held only three nationally-televised press conferences in the last seven years.”The PM of a great country like India has to lead. In order to lead, he has to speak with clarity, conviction and direction. I regret to say Manmohan Singh has been one of the most invisible Prime Ministers of India. The country has been plagued by so many problems and scams. He’s maintained a conspicuous silence. Now he’s decided to speak maybe under compulsion,” said Ravi Shankar Prasad on behalf of the BJP.

The last few months have seen Dr Singh’s government functioning in a continuum of crises. Financial scandals have tumbled out of the offices of some senior ministers. And the high-volume debate over the Lokpal Bill – which has headlined the summer – has left people asking why the Prime Minister isn’t offering his opinion on what sort of Bill the government plans to introduce to check corruption.

Activists led by Gandhian Anna Hazare – who describe the government’s version of the Lokpal Bill as a “betrayal” have said repeatedly that they don’t understand the PM’s silence on a matter of such great importance.In an exclusive interview to NDTV earlier this week, Home Minister P Chidambaram accepted “…Yes, I acknowledge that lots of people would like the Prime Minister to step up to the plate, so as to say, and speak more often. But that is the style of the person.”


June 7, 2011

Ramdev says history will not forgive Manmohan for “political sin”

Baba Ramdev Fast against corruption

With the government toughening its stand against Baba Ramdev, the yoga guru on Tuesday said he forgave the Prime Minister for the crackdown on his agitation but history will not forgive him for the “political sin” he committed.

“The Prime Minister termed it (the police action) unfortunate. In a way he has accepted his sin. Since he has accepted his sin, I have forgiven him,” Baba Ramdev told reporters here.

“I have personally forgiven him but the history of not only India but the whole world will never forgive him for the political sin he committed. He has tainted democracy,” Baba Ramdev, who is continuing his satyagraha here, said.

The yoga guru was reacting to Dr. Singh’s remarks on Monday that “it was unfortunate that the operation had to be conducted but quite honestly, there was no alternative.”

Baba Ramdev also attacked the Congress for ridiculing his escape in a women’s dress from the ground, saying even Maratha warrior Shivaji had escaped in disguise to secure the nation.

“If anybody saves his life for securing the nation, they won’t like it. Even Shivaji had saved his life. But these people do not accept Shivaji as their ideal. Their target is to protect terrorists and kill Baba.”

Congress general secretary Janardan Dwivedi had on MOnday said, “A satyagrahi does not run away stealthily wearing women’s dress. Satyagrahi is always ready to sacrifice his life“.

Baba Ramdev also alleged there could be “five kinds of conspiracies” to eliminate him at the Ramlila ground from where he was evicted after his talks with the Government to end the fast failed.

The yoga guru said that he suspects that the police would now edit the recordings made by the CCTV cameras installed at the ground in a bid to wipe out the evidence so that they escape action.

“We had put CCTV cameras in the camp, which recorded the events. If the police had not done anything wrong, why did they took away the footages forcibly. This is clear cut goondaism of the police.

“Our workers who had gone there have been embroiled in false cases under a conspiracy. The police will now edit the footage and then release after deleting portions so that no action follows against them,” Baba Ramdev said.

Baba Ramdev said there could be conspiracies to kill him by strangulating, burning the stage on which he was sitting and shooting him.

He said the government’s argument that there was a threat of terrorist attack on him could be the fifth conspiracy to eliminate him and alleged that an e-mail has been “manufactured” by the government to make it convincing.