Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said those alleging corruption against him and the UPA government were spreading canards.
Addressing the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting here, he said “canards and falsehood” were being spread by “disparate” and “desparate” elements and asked the party cadres to effectively tackle the “misinformation”.
In an apparent reference to yoga guru Ramdev and Team Anna, Singh said, “Every day one hears of astronomical sums of black money that can be brought back in one stroke. It is alleged that in every area of its activity, our government has swindled unbelievable amounts of money. Nothing can be farther from the truth.”
He also defended the recent economic data indicating a slowdown in the Indian economy saying that the economy was going through a difficult phase but it was due to external factors that were beyond the government’s control.
Team Anna has also been alleging that thousands of crores have been misappropriated by various departments and ministers. “The truth is that our government is fully committed to tackle the menace of corruption in public life and bring about transparency and accountability in the work of government authorities. And we have proved this by taking action on multiple fronts,” Singh said.
“The legislative and administrative action we have taken in this area speaks for itself,” he added.
The Prime Minister said, “the misinformation being spread by disparate, desperate elements, unified only by their opposition to our government, needs to be tackled effectively.”