New Delhi (JPN): Hitting back at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, BJP president Nitin Gadkari said the PM cannot hide behind the fig leaf of coalition compulsions and he was trying to shield former Telecom Minister A Raja.

Dissatisfied over PM’s press meet, Gadkari said that the PM showed his helplessness and ineffectiveness during the conference.
Responding to PM’s remark on corruption and 2G spectrum scam, Gadkari said that the PM cannot hide behind the fig leaf of coalition compulsions.

He also said that bad governance and policies were the reasons behind price rise.
Referring to the JPC probe, Gadkari pointed out that why the PM is ready for the probe after a month.

Congress hits back

Responding to BJP allegations that the PM was giving excuse of coalition politics to shield Raja, Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said Dr Singh was only stating the facts.

“The PM has conveyed facts and his opinion to the nation,” Tewari said.

Tewari said United Progressive Allaince government has always been resolute and firm in dealing with issues.

“Unlike Congress, BJP has tried to sweep everything under the carpet,” Tewari said.

People's court better than compromises: Nitish

Flaying Dr Singh for his admission that some compromises have to be made in
managing a coalition, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said it is better to go to people's court than running such a coalition.

He was also critical of the government in the Parliament logjam.

"But a government which has failed to ensure smooth run of Parliament can't be able to run the country," he remarked adding that his government would not tolerate corruption and
continue its fight against corruption.

Asked whether he harboured ambitions of becoming Prime Minister, Kumar said: "I have received massive support of people from Bihar to work for them and I don't see anywhere
left and right other than engaging my full energy to come

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