The war of words over Prime Minister Manmohan Singh escalated on Saturday with LK Advani saying Singh has voluntarily abdicated his authority and the Congress president accusing him of speaking “rubbish”.
“You have a situation in which the Prime Minister’s office is held by a person who holds office but no authority. And the person who has the authority has no accountability ...this is no democracy,” Advani told CNN-IBN referring to Gandhi. He said this has “seriously affected” affected the functioning of the government.
Striking back, Gandhi in election meetings in Bihar and Jharkhand said Advani does not have any issues. “So, he is talking rubbish”.
“I want to ask Advaniji what are his achievements ? I want to ask during the six-year tenure in Delhi when he was the Home Minister and the Deputy PM, what did he do for the farmers ? What did he do for the poor ? He did not do anything”, she said.
Advani without elaborating said he was aware of some cases “where the PM (Singh) has proposed some action but he is not able to implement it unless he gets clearance from the Congress president."