Friends, foe slam UPA; Mulayam gets cosy with BJP
Friends and foes were in unison in blaming the UPA government for present economic situation, while describing the President's address as "disappointing" and "vision less".delhi Updated: Feb 27, 2013 21:42 IST
Friends and foes were in unison in blaming the UPA government for present economic situation, while describing the President's address as "disappointing" and "vision less".
Some of the speeches made in Lok Sabha on Wednesday were with an eye on next year's general elections with UPA ally Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav asking the BJP to shun its anti-Muslim agenda if they want their support.
Yadav surprised many when he praised newly appointed BJP president Rajnath Singh for speaking about "socialism" and said his party would change its views towards BJP provided the latter changed its policy towards Muslims and Kashmir.
"We have no differences with the BJP on issues of patriotism, language and border security," he said, with Singh asking him to withdraw support to the UPA.
"First change your stand against Muslims and then we can think," was his candid reply.
Yadav also had some advice for the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
"You have been PM for nine years. Do something miraculous for poor so that they remember you. I know you have the capability to do it," he said, while pulling the government for its failures.
Another UPA ally, BSP's Baliram also attacked the government for making tall claims about poverty reduction and said the claim of creating five million jobs was not correct.
The opposition was more scathing in their attack.
"The government has tried to set its political agenda for the polls but it neither has any direction, vision, resolve or willpower to deal with the challenges facing the country," said, where discussion on motion thanking the President for addressing the Parliament commenced on Wednesday.
Singh, in his first speech in Lok Sabha after becoming BJP president, said there was no reason for cheer on the agriculture front, which has grown by only 1.8% last year. He blamed government's wrong economic policies and corruption for plight of common people.
"The government should not try to build castles in the air through the President's aaddress," Singh said.
Saugata Ray of Trinamool Congress said the "rigamarole" of the President's address to Parliament has become an anachronism.
"The President coming in a horse-driven carriage to address Parliament does not inspire anybody," Ray, a former Union minister, said.
Initiating the discussion Congress member PC Chacko defended the government, saying it is no way a sign of policy paralysis that the country has emerged as the largest producer of wheat and rice in the world and is also the top milk producer.
"We have become a model to the world," he said.