Polity, complexity, not government behind spate of problems: Sibal

Express Adda kapil SibalUnion minister Kapil Sibal at the Express Adda in Mumbai on Monday. (Prashant Nadkar)

As the UPA enters the final year of its second term in power and questions about governance, corruption, the shape of the economy and pending legislations mount, Union minister Kapil Sibal has said the problem was not with the government but the nature of the polity, complexity of the nation and the way institutions function in India.

Taking a dig at institutions in the country, Sibal said that those who are assigned to do a job must be left to do the job but no institution is doing what it is supposed to under the constitution. He also said that the courts were going beyond their jurisdiction.

"The executive is not responding in the appropriate manner, the legislature is not functioning and the courts are going beyond their jurisdiction. In this situation, how does the country move forward? This is the real problem," Sibal said at the Express Adda in Mumbai on Monday.

The Express Adda is a series of conversations with men and women at the centre of change and Sibal, who holds the portfolios of communications, IT, law and justice, was hosted by Shekhar Gupta, Editor-in-Chief, The Express Group, and filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj.

The evening saw Sibal, considered a consummate lawyer, wearing both the hat of a politician and that of a poet as he recited several of his poems.

Asked what the problem with the UPA government was, Sibal said the problem was not with the government. "It's the nature of our polity, the way in which we run our institutions and the lack of principles on the basis of which the nation has to move forward," he said.

Sibal said the opposition was playing politics purely with the desire to win power in 2014 and was not allowing important legislations to be passed. He also took a dig at the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India for the presumptive loss theory in the Coal blocks allotment case.

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