When BJP forced ex-PM Manmohan Singh to respond in Parliament during Congress era | #datingscams | #lovescams

New Delhi,UPDATED: Jul 24, 2023 18:52 IST

By Bijay Kumar: Opposition parties are demanding Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement in the House on the Manipur issue, causing disruptions during the Monsoon Session of Parliament. The recent series of disruptions is not new in Parliament. In the times of previous governments as well, opposition parties demanded a statement from the prime minister on pressing issues.

During the Congress-led UPA government, there were instances when the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had to give a statement in Parliament due to demands from the Opposition, mainly the BJP.


March 4, 2011: One such instance was the appointment of PJ Thomas as Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC). Thomas was facing corruption charges dating back to 1992 at the time and his appointment had created a stir among the Opposition. On March 4, 2011, the Opposition demanded that the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh make a statement on the entire episode.

Three days later, on March 7, 2011, Manmohan Singh described the appointment as an “error of judgement” and accepted full responsibility for it.

He respected the verdict of the Supreme Court that had squashed Thomas’ appointment and said that the government would consider the guidelines given by the court while appointing a new CVC. He made these remarks in the Lok Sabha.

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June 3, 2012: Another issue that led to opposition demands for a statement from the prime minister was the alleged irregularities in coal block allocation. The BJP accused then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of shying away from replying to the Opposition’s demands for clarification in Parliament.

Responding to these allegations on August 27, 2012, Manmohan Singh called the observations made by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) regarding the allocation of coal blocks without basis.

He urged the Opposition to debate the issue in Parliament so that the truth could be judged by the country. However, the Opposition, mainly the BJP, caused disruptions, preventing him from making a statement.

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August 20, 2013: The missing coal block allocation files also led to demands for a statement from PM Manmohan Singh. On August 20, 2013, the BJP accused the government of a cover-up in the coal scam and disrupted Parliament. They demanded a statement from Manmohan Singh regarding the missing files on coal block allocations.

August 30, 2013: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh clarified that he was not the custodian of the files of the Coal Ministry. He assured that the government would not protect any guilty person in the matter of irregularities, including coal block allocations. He acknowledged the presence of corruption and stated it has been there. He made these points in the Rajya Sabha in response to the BJP’s queries.

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