New Delhi: Projecting himself as a leader who does not succumb to pressures, Narendra Modi today targetted Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for his refrain about “coalition compulsions”, saying alliances cannot be blamed for corruption.
The BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate underlined that those at the helm should adopt zero tolerance policy against corruption rather than indulging in blame-game.
“Instead of calling coalitions as compulsions, the question is whether you have zero tolerance policy towards corruption or not. And if the people at the top are resolute in this aspect, then the situation can improve. So the coalitions should not be blamed,” Modi said.
The Gujarat Chief Minister, while attending a function here, was responding when somebody in the audience said that Manmohan Singh often blames “coalition compulsion” for various problems and asked what would be his approach if he becomes the Prime Minister.
Singh had blamed “coalition compulsion” when he was attacked for not taking action against the then Telecom Minister A Raja in connection with the 2G spectrum scam. Raja belonged to DMK, a key partner in the UPA.
Modi said the governments should be run to meet the objectives for which they are formed and there is no point in leading a government which is unable to do so.
In this context, he portrayed himself as a strong leader.
“The main grudge against me is that I don’t succumb to pressure….there are people who have made a living on the basis of this grudge,” he said, evoking laughter.