New Delhi: The political corridors in the national capital are abuzz about the differences between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi. The sources say that the two are at odds in the wake of raging charges of corruption against the Union ministers.

The Opposition BJP has stalled the Parliament over the Coalgate and Railgate, whereas the government is getting little support from the Congress. Political analysts are of view that the Prime Minister’s silence over charges of corruption against his ministers may cost both the party and the government heavily.

Many senior Congress leaders including the party chief believe that PM should clear the air over the string of scams surfaced during the UPA regime. According to them, BJP has managed to spread message among the people that the government has nothing to defend itself over the issue of corruption.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister’s coterie believes that the party should come forward to defend the government boldly over corruption charges. They are believed to be unhappy with the party spokespersons for their failure in strongly defending Law Minister Ashwani Kumar and Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal in Coalgate and Railgate respectively.

Both the ministers are considered close to the Prime Minister. It’s also being said that the party chief has instructed the spokespersons not to defend the tainted ministers boldly.

JPN/Bureau