Nothing substantial in PMs remark on CVC issue: CPI-M

New Delhi: The CPI(M) on Saturday termed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s acceptance of responsibility in the appoint of P J Thomas as the CVC as "nothing substantial" and said it would await what he is likely to say in Parliament on the issue.

"It is nothing substantial. It is but natural that the Prime Minister as the head of a high-powered committee (which appointed Thomas) has to take responsibility," senior party leader Sitaram Yechury told reporters here.

He said since the Prime Minister has said he would make a statement in Parliament, "We should wait and see what the government has to say."

At a press conference in Jammu yesterday, the Prime Minister said he accepted responsibility for the controversial appointment of Thomas as Central Vigilance Commissioner, which was struck down by the Supreme Court.

Thomas, an accused in the Palmolein import case in Kerala, was appointed to the constitutional post by a committee, which had the Prime Minister, Home Minister P Chidambaram and Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj who had distanced herself from the decision by recording a note of dissent.

The Opposition has been demanding a statement from Singh on his accountability regarding the controversial appointment.