The BJP on Saturday termed the ongoing exercise of reshuffling in the union council of ministers to bring in fresh faces "an exercise in vain".
Addressing a press conference here, BJP national spokesman Rajiv Pratap Rudy said, "Giving a new look to the cabinet would be an exercise in vain as the Congress has lost people's mandate over the issue of corruption in the run-up to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections."
The Congress, Rudy said, had also lost the confidence of its allies in the UPA, as evident from the withdrawal of support by the Trinamool Congress. "The UPA should have first sought a mandate in Parliament before the reshuffle," he said.
Rudy said the BJP would not hesitate to stall the winter session of Parliament next month if the government failed to satisfy the opposition on the issue of corruption.
Responding to a question, he said the BJP did not have any immediate decisive plan to stall the Parliament session, but it would not hesitate to do so, if needed, on a specific issue relating to the several scams that had surfaced now.
On the recent charges of corruption against BJP president Nitin Gadkari, Rudy said Gadkari had already stated his willingness to cooperate in the investigations.
"There is only one single leader (Gadkari) who clarified his willingness to face any inquiry into the allegations against him, unlike the politicians in the Congress who are facing serious charges of corruption," he said.
On the Himachal Pradesh assembly polls, the BJP spokesman said the party would retain power in the state and that would be a he message for the people across the country for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
He, however, avoided a direct reply on whether the Himachal poll results would be a referendum on the general elections. He said the people of Himachal had their own issues, like price rise due to the wring policies of the union government.
The BJP, he said, had assured "a Vajpayee model of government" to the people of Himachal. "Let
the Congress specify what kind of model it would give to that state, in the backdrop of its regime in Haryana, which has witnessed rise in crime," Rudy said.
Criticising the Centre for its policies, he said "the rationing of subsidised cooking gas to six cylinders will lead to black marketing of this essential commodity".
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