Chinese Incursion A Localised Problem, Can Be Resolved: PM

Chinese Incursion A Localised Problem, Can Be Resolved: PM

27 April 2013
The Daily Excelsior


New Delhi: Breaking his silence over the Chinese incursion issue, Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh today sought to play it down it as a “localised problem” and expressed confidence that the issue can be resolved. “We do have a plan. We do not want to accentuate the situation. We do believe that it is possible to resolve this problem. It is a localised problem. I think the talks are going on,” he said when asked if the Government had any plans to resolve the issue. The Prime Minister was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the defence investiture ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan here. Dr Singh termed as a “very sad” incident the attack on Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh in a jail in Pakistan. “It is very sad. I think in the jail, I think some inmates attacked him. I think that is very sad,” he said when asked about the attack on Sarabjit Singh in a Pakistani jail. After the attack on him in the Kot Lakhpat Jail, Sarabjit was rushed to a hospital where he was in a “deep coma” and had been put on a ventilator. Dr Singh put up a strong defence of Law Minister Ashwani Kumar and rejected the demand for his resignation over the alleged interference in the preparation of the CBI status report in the coal scam. He also brushed aside demands for his own resignation and declined to respond to allegations that he used Kumar as a shied to “safeguard” himself. “There is no question of the Law Minister resigning. The matter is now in the court and it is sub-judice. It is not proper for me to do anything. But there is no question of the Law Minister resigning,” he told reporters in Rashtrapati Bhawan when asked whether he would seek Kumar’s resignation. The demand for Kumar’s resignation mounted after the CBI told the Supreme Court yesterday that the status report on the coal block allocations was shared with the political executive and Joint Secretary-level officers in the PMO and Coal Ministry. On BJP’s charge that he was using the Law Minister as a shield to “safeguard” himself in the coalgate probe, Singh said, “I would not like to comment on this subject. It is a matter which is now before the court.” He dismissed the opposition demand for his resignation on the coal blocks allocation scam, saying this was not the first time they were making such a demand. “This is not the first time in the last nine years, how many times… (they have demanded the resignation). But I would like to appeal to the opposition that they should left the Parliament function,” he said, when asked about the opposition demand for his resignation. He also appealed the opposition to let the Parliament function and discuss all the issues there. “By not allowing Parliament to function, we are making mockery of our system of democracy. The whole world is laughing at us. Whatever the issues, these can be debated, discussed and decisions arrived at through proper dialogue at Parliament,” he said.