Some compromises made, I am not quitting half-way: PM

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New Delhi, Feb 16 (PTI) With his government''s imagedented over a rash of scams, Prime Minister Manmohan Singhtoday conceded that he had to make "some compromises" to run acoalition but ruled out quitting "half-way".

He declared that his government was "dead serious inbringing to book all the wrongdoers regardless of the positionthey occupy" with regard to 2G spectrum allocation, CWG, ISROspectrum allocation and Adarsh Housing scams.

In his 70-minute interaction with TV editors here, heasserted that his government was not lame-duck nor was he alame-duck Prime Minister although he admitted that there were"weaknesses of processes in governance" and the "quality ofgovernance" needed to be improved.

On the controversial 2G spectrum allocation, he made itclear that it was done "exclusively" by the Telecom Ministryunder A Raja and he or the Cabinet had nothing to do with thefirst-come first-serve policy adopted.

His hands were also tied by "coalition politics" over there-induction of Raja into the Cabinet in 2009 despitecomplaints against him, Singh said.

Giving clearest signals that the government is willing tohave a JPC probe into 2G scam, the Prime Minister said allefforts were being made to ensure smooth functioning of theupcoming Budget session of Parliament and talks were underwayin this regard with the Opposition.

He said he was "not afraid" of facing any committee,including a Joint Parliamentary Committee, on 2G scam anddismissed suggestions that he was blocking an agreement withthe Opposition on formation of JPC because he was reluctant toappear before it.

During the interaction, Singh fielded questions on arange of issues, predominantly related to corruption that hasclouded his government in the recent months.

"I am conscious about personal responsibility. I feelabout it. My compulsion is that I have to bear a lot becausewe cannot have elections in every six months," he said whenasked to reflect upon the happenings in the government.

"Some compromises have to be made in managing acoalition. A coalition government has to be viewed in acontext that no single party has emerged to rule by itself,"he said.

Asked if he ever thought of quitting "frustrated that hewas surrounded by a lot of corrupt people", Singh said "in acoalition, there is a coalition dharma. Obviously, things arenot entirely what I would like them to be. But quite frankly,I never felt like resigning. I have a job to do.

"The country voted our party to be the leader of the UPAcoalition and we have lot of unfinished tasks to beaccomplished. I have never felt of giving up halfway. I willstay the course. I never thought of resigning," he said.

"I don''t say I have never made any mistake. But I am notthat big a culprit as being made out to be," he said in replyto a question. .

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