New Delhi: In the wake of the perception that there are ‘dual power centers’ in the Congress-led UPA government, senior party leader Digvijay Singh has clarified that party President Sonia Gandhi never interferes into the functioning of the government.

In an exclusive interview to Dainik Jagran, Singh maintained that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was the power centre of the government.

“Both the UPA Chairperson and the Prime Minister work separately. There has to be one power centre and here the power centre is Manmohan Singh as far as the governance is concerned whereas Sonia Gandhi is at the helms of the affairs of the party,” he said. "It is a useless debate and is a creation of the media,” he added.

When asked about the decision of sacking the two UPA ministers after their names figured in the controversies recently, the leader said, “Dropping of PK Bansal and Ashwani Kumar was the joint decision of Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi.”

Notably, it appeared in a section of the media that the two ministers, PK Bansal and Ashwani Kumar, were shown the door at the insistence of the Congress President. PK Bansal was forced to quit as Railway Minister after the arrest of his nephew for receiving bribe to fix a senior Railway official’s posting whereas Kumar was dropped from the Cabinet on charges of vetting CBI’s report on Coalgate probe.

Speaking on the reports of deteriorating health condition of Malegon blasts accused Pragya Thakur, who is currently lodged in a Bhopal jail, the Congress leader said, “All necessary facilities should be provided to her." Thakur is suffering from breast cancer and she had sought bail eight months ago through her lawyer Mahesh Jethmalani.

(JPN/Bureau)

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