Prime ministerial hopeful Lal Krishna Advani launched his strongest attack on incumbent prime minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday, calling him the weakest occupant of this high office the country has ever had.
Addressing a well-attended rally here on Tuesday, flanked by top leaders of the BJP and the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD), the BJP’s alliance partner in Uttar Pradesh, Advani was sarcastic and scathing in turn. “The PM’s residence is supposed to be the most important political address in the country,” he said. “But since 2004, Sonia Gandhi’s ‘10 Janpath’ address has been far more important than the PM’s ‘7 Race Course Road’. The PM cannot take any decision without consulting Sonia Gandhi.”
In the same vein, BJP general secretary Arun Jaitley declared that while the NDA alliance promised to provide a majboot sarkar (strong government), what the UPA had given was a majboor sarkar (helpless government).
Ajit Singh, RLD chief too chipped in, noting that the UPA government had had no full time finance minister for the past two months since P. Chidambaram was shifted to the home ministry. “Prices, which were rising, have fallen because there is no finance minister,” he said. “All other problems will also disappear once this government itself disappears.”
The meeting was also addressed by BJP president Rajnath Singh and Ajit Singh’s son Jayant Chaudhury, the local alliance candidate, who is making his debut.
Rajnath Singh promised to waive all agricultural loans if voted to power, and lower interest on future loans to four per cent. All speakers also attacked the Mayawati government in the state.
‘BJP president’ Jaitley
Meanwhile, a BJP Mathura functionary left Rajnath Singh red-faced at the rally when he welcomed Jaitley to the dais as “BJP’s national president” in full public view.