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CPI against 'tainted' persons holding ministerial positions

May 29, 2004 22:30 IST

The Communist Party of India on Saturday said it was against 'tainted' persons holding ministerial positions but maintained that the formation of the Union Council of Ministers is the prerogative of the prime minister.

"My party certainly does not want tainted ministers to be there, but I am not in the act of forming government," party general secretary A B Bardhan said in a debate on NDTV.

"The concerned parties, which are part of the government, also have a responsibility," CPI national secretary D Raja said adding that the Left parties, which are supporting the United Progressive Alliance government from outside, had taken a 'principled position' in this regard.

When approached for comments, Union Steel Minister Ram Vilas Paswan evaded a direct reply saying that it was the prime minister's prerogative to appoint ministers.

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Meanwhile, the Janata Dal (United) has threatened an indefinite agitation from Monday to demand ouster of 'tainted' ministers from the Manmohan Singh government.

The Bharatiya Janata Party is expected to make this an issue when the Lok Sabha meets for the first time after the general election.

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Are we people of this country are so fool that we do not understand these political parties?? Simply, CPI want to become holy cow infront ...

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This just an drama by communists.They now have learnt the art of enjoying power without responsibility.Had they really worried about it, then they should have ...

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Governments in India today (both at the centre and in all the states) consist of 50% hard core blue collar criminals, 40% hard core white ...

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What a way of bypassing responsibility ! There are so many reasons too! If they make an issue out of it in the parliament, the ...

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