BJP on Thursday targeted External Affairs Minister S M Krishna, likening him to former Home Minister Shivraj Patil and said the country's foreign policy is not safe in his hands.
"He (Krishna) is proving to be the former Home Minister Shivraj Patil whom Congress had to get rid of ultimately. It's only that he is taking much less time in proving to be another Shivraj Patil," senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha told reporters outside Parliament.
Objecting to the manner in which Krishna replied to the debate in Lok Sabha on the issue of Indo-Pak joint statement, he said, "The country's foreign policy is not safe in the hands of this External Affairs Minister....I do not know what faux pas will be created in international and bilateral meetings if things are left to this minister".
Sinha said Patil, who resigned in the aftermath of the Mumbai terror strikes last year after coming under attack for his handling of internal security issues, had taken some time in "destroying" the Home Ministry but Krishna "will do the same to External Affairs Ministry in very little time".
The BJP leader also questioned the need for Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee to intervene in the debate in the presence of Krishna.
"We saw a very strange incident in Lok Sabha on Thursday. Government fielded Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee to intervene in the debate. For the FM to intervene in the debate when the External Affairs Minister was present was strange.
The Prime Minister and the Finance Minsiter will not be around on all occasions to hold his (Krishna's) hand," Sinha said.