New Delhi: Rejecting Left allegations that he was meddling in the Ambani brothers’ tussle, the PMO today made it clear that there was no question of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh getting involved in corporate affairs and that his meeting with Mukesh Ambani was part of his regular interaction with industry leaders.
“People of India know Manmohan Singh better than to believe that he would get involved in corporate affairs,” PM’s media advisor Sanjaya Baru said here.
On criticism by Left parties over Singh meeting Mukesh on Monday, Baru said “the PM meets corporate leaders all the time to discuss national economic issues as any leader of modern economy would.”
Attacking the Prime Minister, the CPM politburo said the corporate houses are openly in the fray to lobby their interests in the run-up to the confidence vote on 22 July.
“A dangerous precedent has been set with Prime Minister being asked to personally intervene to mediate between the two Ambani brothers.
“The PMO should not become the conciliation office for warring corporates, however desperate the ruling party may be to retain power,” the party said in a statement.
The CPI termed as “shocking” and a “dangerous trend” that the Prime Minister and the PMO were being dragged into the corporate war and demands were being made that he should mediate in the dispute between two corporate houses. “This grossly demeans the PM and his office”.
The Singh-Mukesh meeting came under media spotlight and hotly debated in political circles in the face of suggestions from UPA’s new ally Samajwadi party leader Amar Singh asking the Prime Minister to mediate for a rapprochement between Mukesh and his younger brother, Anil Ambani.