Advani attacks Manmohan, calls him 'weak' yet again
Firing yet another salvo at Manmohan Singh, senior BJP leader L K Advani today said all the previous Prime Ministers were capable of taking decisions on their own, but the present incumbent was dependent on others for the same.india Updated: May 04, 2009 00:43 IST
Firing yet another salvo at Manmohan Singh, senior BJP leader L K Advani today said all the previous Prime Ministers were capable of taking decisions on their own, but the present incumbent was dependent on others for the same.
Addressing an election rally in Rajasthan's Bharatpur district, the BJP veteran described Singh as the "weakest" Prime Minister in the history of India.
"All the Prime Ministers from Jawahar Lal Nehru to Atal Bihari Vajapyee were capable of taking decisions on their own, but Singh is the only one who is dependent on others for the same," Advani said.
The BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate said his party, if voted to power, would translate into reality the slogan "Har Hath Ko Kam aur Har Khet Ko Pani" (work for every hand and water for every farm).
Striking an emotional chord with the locals, he said he was greatly attached to this place which he had visited during the first General Elections in 1952 to woo voters.
Addressing another rally near Delhi, Advani claimed the Congress is readying itself to sit in the opposition and there are indications that the UPA will lose the Lok Sabha polls.
Speaking at a rally in support of BJP's West Delhi Lok Sabha candidate Jagdish Mukhi at Kakrola village near Dwarka, the BJP's prime ministerial candidate said the statements made by Congress' senior leaders clearly pointed out that the party would sit in the opposition.
Referring to Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh's statement that the Congress would sit in the opposition if it does not win enough number of seats, he said the Left parties have made it clear that it would not support the Congress.
"In particular the Left has said it will never support Manmohan Singh for the Prime Ministership for this time around. Whereas Rahul Gandhi is saying that Manmohan Singh will be its Prime Ministerial candidate. There is a dichotomy in the statements of the two parties," the BJP stalwart said.
Attacking Manmohan Singh as the "weakest Prime Minister", Advani said he has not made any personal remarks against Singh but only referred to the weakening of the Prime Minister's post.
"I did not attack the Prime Minister personally. I do not indulge in mud slinging. I have not done so either with Singh or anybody else in my entire political career," Advani said.
"My compaint against Singh is that he cannot take any decisions on his own. He has to send the ministers to 10 Janpath to take the approval of Sonia Gandhi for every decision of his Government. I know this personally," the BJP leader said.
Advani said his party had implemented the policies it had chalked out while in the opposition after Vajpayee had become Prime Minister in 1998.
"Be it with the Nuclear explosion in 1998 at Pokhran or creation of smaller states such as Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Uttarakhand, the BJP had stated its policy even before it had come to power. The NDA government implemented these policies after forming the Government under Vajpayee's leadership," he added.