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PM working in silent mode: Gadkari

india Updated: Aug 11, 2011 20:22 IST

Taking a jibe at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for his “inability” to control corruption at the Centre, BJP national chief Nitin Gadkari on Thursday alleged the Prime Minister has completely gone into silent mode and was not uttering a word over the corrupt practices of the Government.

“After spree of scandals coming out in the tenure of UPA, the nation wants to know from the Prime Minister what was going wrong. But our PM has decided to keep himself mum and was working in only silent mode,” said Gadkari while addressing a BJP rally in Fazilka.

“This mum posture by the PM vindicates our allegations that he was working only as dummy prime minister with the actual remote control of the party being operated by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi,” stated the BJP chief.

He was the chief guest in the rally organised by Fazilka MLA and transport minister Surjit Jyani to thank the SAD-BJP senior leadership for meting out the long pending demand of district status to Fazilka. Coming down heavily on the Congress for adopting dual standards while dealing with issues of corruption, Gadkari on Thursday came down heavily upon the ruling Congress for 'shielding' Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit in the Commonwealth Games (CWG) scam.

“If the BJP can ouster its Karnataka chief minister Yedurappa after his name figured out in Lokayukta report, why the Congress was protecting Sheila Dikshit. Congress must ask her to quit to immediately,” he said. Gadkari alleged the Congress is hesitant in asking Dikshit to resign because the party knows that after her exist it will be the turn of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

"I want to ask Sonia Gandhi why action is not being taken against Sheila Dikshit despite her public statement that those involved in corruption will be punished. Why no action has been taken against her?" Gadkari said. The BJP chief said the Congress party’s wrong policies have put the economic condition of farmers of Punjab in shambles.

“The prices of all basic commodities have increased manifold but the Government has partially increased the minimum support price for the crops. The cost inputs has increased in very high proportion as compare to the expenses of farmers,” he said.

Over the locals' demands to open trade with Pakistan through Fazilka, Gadkari said that the BJP was not averse to such developments but first, Pak must stop sponsoring terrorism in our country.