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I don't disown my responsibility as PM: Dr Singh
October 08, 2005 15:13 IST
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday said the central government will wait for the detailed judgement of the Supreme Court on the Bihar assembly dissolution before making any comments on the issue.
"As you all know, the Governor made a recommendation and the Union cabinet acted on that...the Supreme Court has declared the dissolution as Unconstitutional. We don't know the reasons. We will have to wait for the detailed judgement before making any further comments," he told a press conference in Chandigarh on the conclusion of the Congress Chief Ministers' conclave in Chandigarh.
"I do not disown my responsibility as prime minister. There were specific circumstances on the basis of which we acted. We still do not know the reasons (behind the verdict). We will wait for it before making any comments," Dr Singh said.
Asked whether the Governor should be an "apolitical person", Congress President Sonia Gandhi, who addressed the press conference along with the prime minister, said, "I don't think Raj Bhavan (Governor's Houses) is involved in politics."
To a question on the pressure tactics of the Left, Dr Singh said, "so far in 16 months, there has been no major hiccups in the functioning of the government. There are bound to be differences in a multi-party government but we have full faith in their patriotism and we will find ways to resolve differences on matters of public policy."
Asked about his meeting with President A P J Abdul Kalam on Friday night on the Supreme Court verdict, he said, "I would be setting a bad precedent by divulging in public what transpired between me and the President."
On Saturday morning's quake that hit northern India, the prime minister said, "there have been some civilian and military casualties and some loss of property."
Meanwhile, Sonia categorically rejected the possibility of change of guard in any Congress-ruled state.
On whether Congress Working Committee members would be elected or nominated, she said, "I am always in favour of democratic process. I do believe that elections are favourable."
Asked about the differences between Punjab and Haryana on various issues, Dr Singh said the water dispute between the two states was before the Supreme Court and "there was need to create an atmosphere" between them so that "they can together come out with concrete solutions."
To a question on who will take over as the next Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Sonia said that no decision had been taken on the issue so far.
On the centre's schemes for Punjab, Dr Singh said the government has asked the National Thermal Power Corporation to look into the possibility of setting up a super thermal power plant there to meet the state's electricity requirements.
"We are also planning to set up a Special Economic Zone in the state," he said.
The prime minister said a few days back he had received a letter from Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to set up another international airport in the state and the centre would look into the request.
"We have already granted international airport status to the one in Amritsar and we will expand the facility as per the