In a blistering attack on the government, the BJP on Tuesday equated it with a corporate entity in which Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is acting as the "CEO" on the orders of the "owner" of the company and said there were "structural contradictions" in the ruling dispensation.
Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley claimed that the Prime Minister has office but "not authority", while those having the power were not accountable, in an apparent referrence to Sonia Gandhi.
"The structure of the government is rare in the whole world. In any democratic country, the Prime Minister is the leader of the country. Here you are running the show on the structure of a private company. You have a professional CEO and the owner is somebody else," Jaitley said addressing a party gathering in New Delhi.
Taking a dig at the Prime Minister, the BJP leader claimed that whenever there is any controversy, Singh says that he was not aware.
In an indirect attack on Gandhi, he said the powers of the government lies with a particular family which does not have any accountability.
"There is no power with the leadership of the government. There is office but no authority. There is another leadership who has power but no accountability. And that is why this leadership keeps itself away from the responsibilities as per convenience," he said.
"In this kind of a structure a Gandhi can never commit a mistake...A government cannot run like this. The Prime Minister is getting invisible," he said.