Posts tagged ‘prime minister’

July 14, 2011

President, VP, Sonia condemn Mumbai blasts Delhi: President Pratibha Patil, Vice-President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and several other political leaders on Wednesday night condemned the terror attacks in Mumbai that have claimed at least 21 lives and injured over 100.

“The President is grieved to know about the incident of blasts in Mumbai and has condoled the loss of lives in these blasts”, a Rashtrapati Bhawan statement said.

“The President wishes speedy recovery to those injured in the incident in Mumbai,” it added.

“Vice-President Hamid Ansari expressed deep shock at the scale of the attacks targeted against innocent people causing numerous fatalities and casualties,” a statement from the Vice- President’s Secretariat said.

“Such acts are aimed at destabilising the nation,” he said and urged all citizens to unite in this critical hour.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh strongly condemned the bomb blasts in Mumbai and appealed to the people of the megapolis to remain calm and show a united front.

Singh, who is monitoring the developments related to the three explosions, spoke to Home Minister P Chidambaram and also to Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan.

He asked Chavan to do whatever is possible to provide relief to the injured and the families of the deceased.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi condemned the dastardly act of terror in Mumbai and said such acts of cowardice would be dealt appropriately.

BJP president Nitin Gadkari condemned the Mumbai blasts in the strongest possible terms and asked the government to take a clear stand in setting up an effective anti-terror infrastructure.

BJP veteran LK Advani also spoke with Chidambaram to seek an update on the developments.

Condemning the multiple blasts, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has said the terrorists wanted to prove that present Union government is “not capable” to contain them.

“I condemn the blasts which has thrown the challenge to humanists forces of the country,” Modi said.

“By triggering these blasts, nefarious elements want to prove that the present Central government is not capable to contain them and they have the strength to destroy the country,” he said.

The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Samajwadi Party also condemned the blasts and has requested the citizens of Mumbai to remain calm and help the agencies to maintain law and order.

“Citizens are advised not to touch anything unidentified and report suspicious and unclaimed goods to the police,” said Mahesh Tapase, spokesperson, NCP Maharashtra.

Samajwadi Party leader Abu Asim Azmi said the terror attacks deserved condemnation from all.


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.


March 4, 2011

PM accepts responsibility in CVC appointment case


After the damaging SC verdict casting aside the appointment of Chief Vigilance Commissioner P.J. Thomas , Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has taken the moral responsibility over the issue.

The prime minister, who is in Jammu, told media persons that he accepts moral responsibility for the episode. Welcoming the Supreme Court verdict, Manmohan said, “I respect the judgement of the Supreme Court and I accept my responsibility.”

The PM’s statement comes after the opposition targeted him over the SC judgement and sought a clarification in the House.

Several opposition parties have been demanding the PM and home minister to resign following the SC verdict.

The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that the Thomas’s appointment as the CVC was illegal as there was a corruption case pending against him in his home state Kerala.