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On anniversary, BJP prepares UPA report card

As the UPA completes a year in office, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is preparing its report card of the government’s first year.

india Updated: May 19, 2010 23:52 IST
Vikas Pathak

As the UPA completes a year in office, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is preparing its report card of the government’s first year.

The BJP’s charge: The UPA-II has damaged institutions, failed on economic and foreign policies, and lacked discipline and coherence.

“The prime minister’s capacity to damage institutions silently even while maintaining a good image stands out,” said a senior BJP leader.

The party believes that the government has misused the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against “vulnerable” parties like the RJD, SP and BSP to keep itself afloat in the face of diminishing support in the Lok Sabha.

“In the cut motions of 2010, just as in the vote of confidence in 2008, voting took place in Parliament but the game plan was decided by the CBI,” leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley told HT.

He also listed the tapping of phones of political leaders and corruption charges on ministers — referring to Communications and IT Minister A. Raja over the allotment of the 2G spectrum.

“The prime minister’s reputation as an economist has taken a beating,” Jaitley said. “The food prices have not gone down yet.”

Jaitley also accused the prime minister of repeatedly succumbing to international pressure: “Be it in the India-US nuclear deal, Copenhagen, the Sharm-el-Shaikh statement, resumption of dialogue with Pakistan despite it not taking credible anti-terror action or the low operator liability in the Civil Nuclear Liability Bill — suggesting it may silently be thrown open to foreign companies later — the government has shown weakness under foreign pressure.”

Jaitley reiterated that the prime minister was unable to rein in ministers who were either neglecting duty or making unnecessary remarks.

He also said that the Congress has effectively calmed Home Minister P. Chidambaram’s intensity against the jihadi and Maoist problems.