Hitting out at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, BJP patriarch LK Advani on Saturday said his was the “worst rule”, marred by “high inflation, rampant corruption and mismanagement”.
“The country has had 14 PMs. And among all of them, the 10-year term of the economist PM has been the worst,” said Advani at an election rally in Bilaspur that goes to polls in the second phase.
Advani also praised Narendra Modi, whose elevation as the BJP’s PM nominee had rattled him earlier in the year. Wishing a 3rd term for the BJP in Chhattisgarh under Raman Singh, Advani said Modi was the only CM with the distinction of having scored a hat-trick in Gujarat.
The former deputy PM said when the Congress attempted to create a new state of Telangana there were riots almost daily in some or other part of Andhra Pradesh and even Parliament was affected.
“On the contrary, Chhattisgarh was carved out of undivided Madhya Pradesh by the (AB) Vajpayee government quite amicably,” he said.
The idea, he said, was to carve out a new state from the bigger Madhya Pradesh to ensure that the region was governed better and saw more development.
He cited the Planning Commission observations on the performance of the Raman Singh government on various initiatives, including the public distribution system. “Everywhere the BJP government of Chhattisgarh is praised,” said Advani.
Campaigning for the first phase of assembly elections in Chhattisgarh came to an end on Saturday.