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In Ambika Sonis opinion, Aiyar breached Cabinet dharma

Union Tourism Minister Ambika Soni has criticised her cabinet colleague Mani Shankar Aiyar for breaching Cabinets collective responsibility by speaking in public about discussion in the cabinet meeting.

New Delhi, May 27 : Union Tourism Minister Ambika Soni has criticised her cabinet colleague Mani Shankar Aiyar for breaching Cabinet's collective responsibility by speaking in public about discussion in the cabinet meeting.

Making her objection to Aiyar's remark about the government not fulfilling the concerns of 'aam aadmi' (common people), Soni in an interview to CNN-IBN said, "Mani should not be speaking outside. There may be a debate within the Cabinet... if a discussion has taken place, you are not supposed to speak about it outside."

Aiyar had earlier said, "I fear that a government that is attempting to have an economic policy for the aam admi (common people) may not get the aam admi's endorsement."

Reacting to this piece of warning for the Manmohan Singh government, which Aiyar gave on the eve of UPA's completion of three years in power, Soni said," You know, a cabinet minister is not the Prime Minister... That's the Prime Minister's prerogative... I believe there is a certain propriety which one does follow when one is a member of the Cabinet."

Aiyar's remarks about the 'concerns' being resonated in the cabinet, and the mid-course review of the government's economic policies, was followed by Prime Minister Dr. Singh's famous call for shifting the focus back on the common man at this week's CII conference.

However, Soni refuted that Dr. Singh's emphasis on the 'aam aadmi' was anyhow related to the recent debacle of Congress in the Assembly elections in Punjab, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.

"I don't think this (PM's appeal) is election-oriented... the Government doesn't decide its policies, its steps and its time schedules only looking at election results. And certainly not under the pressure of the Left Front," she said to the channel.

ANI

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