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Opposition has too many skeletons in cupboard: PM


New Delhi : On the eve of parliament’s monsoon session, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Sunday sought to take the wind out of sails of the opposition on the 2G spectrum allocation row, saying it had “too many skeletons in its cupboard” and that it should not “pre-judge” a matter that is sub-judice.

“We are not afraid of discussing the issue of corruption. The opposition also has too many skeletons in its cupboard. We are not afraid of discussing any issue in parliament,” Manmohan Singh, who came to Parliament House to attend an all-party meeting convened by Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, told reporters on the sidelines of the event.

“There are some matters, which are in the courts and being investigated by the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation). I sincerely hope that the matters which are in courts should be left to be decided by courts and we should not pre-judge the issue,” Singh said.

His remarks came as the Bharatiya Janata Party and the AIADMK trained guns on the prime minister and Home Minister P. Chidambaram after former communications minister A. Raja alleged that they had the knowledge of his actions on the 2G spectrum allocation.

On social activist Anna Hazare’s threat to go on a fast from Aug 16 in protest a “weak” Lokpal bill approved by the cabinet for parliament’s consideration, the prime minister said the bill’s fate will be decided by parliament.

“Our government has taken a view taking all factors into account. It is not advisable to bring the prime minister (under) the purview of the Lokpal except when he demits office,” Singh said when asked about civil society members’ demand for bringing the prime minister within the ambit of ombudsman.

On MPs and legislators from Andhra Pradesh’s Telangana region resigning over the statehood demand, Manmohan Singh hoped that the government would overcome the issue.

Noting that the government was “prepared” to discuss all issues in parliament, he said: “It is my sincere hope that this session of parliament will be peaceful, will be productive. Parliament is the supreme democratic institution of the country.”