BJP Wednesday sought to paint a dismal picture of UPA II by holding it responsible for the economic gloom and pointing towards its failure in giving the country any leadership.
On the fourth anniversary of UPA II, BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley said they would limit their critique to the second innings of the Congress-led coalition which has witnessed "mindboggling" scams that hit the common man the hardest.
"UPA II has seen more corruption than UPA I. There have been mindboggling scams which were not seen by any previous government," Swaraj told a press conference in New Delhi with Jaitley.
Noting that coalition politics was the order of the day, Swaraj said such governments require "special leadership qualities".
"Manmohan Singh is the Prime Minister but neither a leader of the country nor the leader of his own party. Singh's colleagues sit with him in the Cabinet and look towards the UPA chairperson (Sonia Gandhi) for directions. Such split leadership is the biggest failure of UPA," she said.
Echoing Swaraj, Jaitley said, "UPA has devalued the Prime Minister's post. Singh's Cabinet colleagues look towards UPA chairperson for policy directions and somewhere else for future leadership."
At the same time, the BJP leaders parried questions on Narendra Modi's projection as NDA's prime ministerial candidate by a section within the party.
"Whether we will have a (Prime Ministerial) face or not and if we decide to have a face, who it will be, these issues will be decided by the BJP Parliamentary Board in consultation with NDA partners," Swaraj said.
Jaitley said UPA's fourth anniversary was being celebrated in an environment of "gloom, pessimism, cynicism and negativism".