The BJP has firmly stuck to its gun on the appointment of P J Thomas as the party president Nitin Gadkari stressed that the BJP would continue to target Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over the CVC issue, refuting Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj’s stand that the issue should be considered closed with the PM acquiescing to his responsibility. The Central government is squarely accountable for all this brouhaha, for it is reluctant to divulge the rational for the selection of Thomas despite the Opposition’s objection to his tainted history. Recently, the PM accepted that Sushma Swaraj had informed him about the involvement of Thomas in the pamolein import scam, but he failed to explain about his decision of not reconsidering it. In his clarification, Manmohan Singh, however, put the blame of the CVC fiasco on Prithviraj Chavan, the then minister of state in the department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) who prepared the note of selection of the CVC. The Prime Minister drove home the message that he was not informed about the controversial past of Thomas. The PM’s proposition does not have any ground because the Leader of Opposition cautioned him about it. People want to know that what the compulsion for the UPA government was that made Thosma CVC chief.

This will not suffice that the PM has accepted his responsibility for the CVC bungle. Needless to say there are loads of skeleton to come out of the cupboard, which could turn the government red. The moot point is whether the Prime Minister was put in dark or he is deluding the nation. People are desperate to see the clear picture. It is not unwarranted if the BJP has decided to take to streets for mounting a pressure on the government. It is better for the Manmohan Singh government to come forward for dispelling the clouds of doubt that could check his sagging image.