PM failed to enforce probity in UPA: Advani

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New Delhi, Apr 30: Leader of the Opposition L K Advani today accused Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of failure to enforce probity in the UPA government despite being a person of undoubtful integrity. ''The Prime Minister's personal integrity is beyond doubt. However, it is now equally beyond doubt that he is neither able nor trying to enforce probity in his government,'' Mr Advani told the CII national conference and annual session here.

''In dealing with corruption in his government -- and it is now common knowledge that the UPA government is by far the most corrupt in India's history -- he is exhibiting the same helplessness that he earlier did in acting against the crime-tainted ministers.'' Continuing his tirade, Mr Advani -- without taking the name of Union minister T R Baalu -- asked the Prime Minister what ''nationally accepted norms of governance'' the government was following on certain crucial issues.

'If a minister thinks that it is a part of his duty to seek favours from another ministry for businesses owned by his son, and if the PM chooses not to make a statement on the issue in Parliament, it is my understanding that neither the minister not the Prime Minister is following a nationally accepted norm of governance in a parliamentary democracy.'' Mr Advani claimed that in a parliamentary form of government, Parliament should be taken into confidence at the earliest to avoid embarrassment from other sources of information.

He also asked the UPA government to explain the steps being taken to bring down the prices of essential commodities.

The former Deputy Prime Minister further said there was nothing wrong in what the Prime Minister had said yesterday on inflation.

''...apart from telling what the Industry should do and what the Opposition should do, I wish he had also told the nation what his government is doing to bring down the prices of essential commodities,'' Mr Advani added.

He claimed that people wanted to see results as sound management of the economy was the core responsibility of the central government.

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