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May 04, 2013 at 04:03pm IST

Opposition has a disease of asking for resignations, says Congress

New Delhi: The Congress on Saturday rejected demands for Railway Minister PK Bansal's resignation over the arrest of his nephew for allegedly fixing top level promotions in the Railway Board. The party said it has become a "disease" of the Opposition to make such demands. "For those who are demanding resignation, it has become a disease," Congress General Secretary Janardan Dwivedi said.

He said Bansal has given a clarification in the wake of his nephew's arrest. "The Railway Minister himself gave clarification and said there should be a thorough probe into the matter. I don't think we can expect anything more from him," Dwivedi said. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has demanded that the Railway Minister should be sacked and the CBI should prosecute him.

BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said seeking pecuniary advantage by someone close to the Railway Minister and abusing the authority of the minister is a "copybook case" of prosecution. The CPI(M) has also demanded the minister's resignation.

Bansal's nephew V Singla was arrested by the CBI on Friday in connection with an alleged bribery of Rs 90 lakh for fixing a top level position in the government. Bansal, however, has distanced himself from his nephew, saying he had no business links with him and denied any wrongdoing.

(With additional information from PTI)