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Govt in ICU, says BJP's PM candidate

L K Advani, leader of opposition in the Lok Sabha, believes the Govt has pushed itself into a corner over the Indo-US nuclear deal, reports Shekhar Iyer.

india Updated: Jun 23, 2008 09:44 IST
Shekhar Iyer

The BJP’s prime ministerial candidate LK Advani believes the government has pushed itself into a corner over the Indo-US nuclear deal.

“If the government goes ahead with operationalisation of the nuclear deal, the Communists will withdraw their support. If the government once again chooses to retreat, the Prime Minister’s credibility and authority, which were never very high, will have all but evaporated,” he said.

In his first comment on the current stalemate over the Indo-US nuclear deal, Advani said, “The UPA government is in ICU. How the government will rescue itself is something that I don’t know, for I am not a doctor... It has written its own epitaph even before its formal exit.”

Advani’s remarks, made at a function in Mumbai, were posted by the BJP on its website on Sunday.

“In my six decades in national politics, I have never come across a government that has remained in a state of paralysis for so long a time due to internal contradictions. My simple question to Congressmen: Is this the way to run a government?”

He said the crisis was a “predictable outcome of the contradictions” between the Congress-Communist combine. “It was known right from the beginning that the Congress and the CPM-led Left parties don’t share any common ground. And, yet, they came together on the bogus claim of unity of secular forces”.

Frankly, Advani said, the real aim was to keep the BJP out. “And now, the contradictions between the Congress and the Communists have inevitably come home to roost. The people of India are now looking beyond the UPA...”

Referring to the inflation rate having shot up to 11%, Advani said, “Certainly, people expected better management of the economy from Dr Manmohan Singh... a distinguished economist.”