Why not spend rest of life in jail: Team Anna to PM

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Manish Sisodia
New Delhi, May 30: Team Anna member Manish Sisodia hit back at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over the former's allegation and said he deserves to spend the rest of his life in jail rather than quitting public life if the allegations against him were proved.

"Why is the Prime Minister avoiding probe in the coal scam? The Prime Minister says if the allegations are proved, he will quit public life. Why doesn't he say that he will spend the rest of his life in prison if the scam is true? This means the Prime Minister is confessing that politicians can evade and live a life of luxury despite carrying out huge corruption," he said.

Earlier, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh hit back at Team Anna over their claim that even if the PM was honest, he let other ministers under him to loot the country. PM Singh said that he would leave public life if found guilty.

"I will give up my public life if allegations are proved against me. My long public career as Finance Minister, as Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha and now as Prime Minister has been an open book," said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

"I have made it clear that the Prime Minister may not take bribes himself, but he is allowing his Cabinet ministers to loot the public exchequer," said Team Anna member Prashant Bhushan.

Team Anna, however, said that the government should take action and order probe into the charges, if it were serious.

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