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May 13, 2013 at 06:36pm IST

Manmohan Singh backing Ashwani Kumar as his removal will make the PM vulnerable: LK Advani

New Delhi: As pressure builds on the Prime Minister to sack the Law Minister following the Supreme Court's observation on the affidavit filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with the coal scam, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader LK Advani has hit out at Manmohan Singh alleging he is defending Ashwani Kumar to save himself.

"Having decided to brazenly defend its two ministers, more particularly its Law Minister, whose dropping from the government would have made the PM's continuance untenable, the government adjourned Parliament sine die two days ahead of

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schedule on May 8 instead of May 10," he said in his latest blog posting titled 'The Emperor has no clothes'.

He maintained that the Budget Session had failed to transact any business in the last several days as almost the entire Opposition was angrily demanding that the government be made to pay for the two megascams - coalgate and railgate. Advani referred to the Supreme Court observations on Wednesday and said it had severely chastised the Law Minister and CBI for what they had done.

The Supreme Court had on Wednesday pulled up CBI, PMO and Coal Ministry officials for changing the "heart" of the coal scam probe report and directed the government to come out with a law before July 10 to insulate the agency from "external influence and intrusion".

(With additional information from PTI)

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