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’Tainted ministers should be dropped’

Friday 9 July 2004

CHENNAI: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would be considered to have given up his constitutional right of selecting ministers if he did not drop "the tainted ministers" from the ministry, senior BJP leader and former Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad Singh said here on Friday.

He told reporters that if the parties had "tainted MPs" as their representatives in the cabinet, the prime minister should have advised them to nominate MPs against whom cases were not there.

"Failing to do so amounted to giving up his prerogative of selecting his team," Singh said.

"Railway minister Lalu Prasad and other RJD ministers against whom cases are pending should be dropped from the ministry," he said.

The present UPA government, by inducting "tainted" ministers, had "criminalised the government", he charged. Until now it was "criminalisation of politics."

"Now it has been extended to the government also," he said.

See online : The Times of India

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in The Times of India, Friday, July 09, 2004.

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