20 January, 2021

Bull's Eye

After prevaricating for four days, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asked cabinet colleague Shibu Soren to resign because he was on the run dodging ...

Bull's Eye
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After prevaricating for four days, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asked cabinet colleague Shibu Soren to resign because he was on the run dodging an arrest warrant. Soren retorted that if he was asked to resign, why should other chargesheeted ministers continue? The arrest drama has come to an end. The dispute remains. In Bangkok, the PM said criminality needs a precise definition. Does a minister become unacceptably tainted when probed, chargesheeted, arrested, has court charges framed against him, or is actually convicted by the court?

The PM said that a chargesheeted minister is not guilty unless convicted. Therefore, no resignation! In government, the BJP leaders propounded the same view. But both the PM and the BJP leaders said the minister should resign if arrested, even though not convicted. Soren retorted that an arrested minister should not resign, until he is convicted. Soren is more consistent. After all, if a chargesheeted person is made minister, there can always arise the possibility of his arrest in the course of an investigation. Then isn't it silly to...

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