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'Manmohan dumped, Rahul not accepted as PM candidate'

punjab Updated: Dec 01, 2013 18:27 IST
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Claiming victory in four out of five states going to elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party on Sunday said the assembly poll results would be an eye-opener for the Congress and prove that AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi has simply failed to click with the masses.

Addressing a press conference here, Balbir Punj, national vice-president, BJP, and member of Rajya Sabha, said the Congress was facing "leadership crisis and is in complete disarray and I through the media ask the Congress to come up with their PM candidate".

Punj, who was here to attend a social cause organised by social activist Naveen Saronwala, said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had been disowned by his own party and the Congress does not have the courage to project Rahul Gandhi as prime ministerial candidate because of his failure to connect with the masses.

"When Rahul Gandhi publicly tore the ordinance on convicted politicians, it was clear that in the forthcoming elections to Lok Sabha, Singh will no longer be the prime ministerial face of the Congress. But which is the new face? The country was still in dark about the identity of the new face," he added.

Everyone, Punj said, knows that the mother-son duo calls the shots, both in the party and in the government. "Since Gandhi has simply failed to click with the masses, the Congress was reluctant to project him for the high office. So, there is a clear vacuum at the top," Punj observed.

Punj added that India was in no mood to continue with a model wherein the public face of the government and the real power centre rest at two separate places. The BJP, by projecting Narendra Modi as prime ministerial candidate, had offered a clear choice in this respect. "No wonder, Modi is drawing huge crowds, leaving the Congress nervous and voters energised," he claimed.

Punj said the BJP-led NDA is sure to form government at the Centre as and when elections to Lok Sabha are held in 2014. Assistant media adviser to the Punjab government, Vineet Joshi, was also present on the occasion.

'Cong doing dirty politics to defame Modi'

Defending the BJP prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, on snooping issue, BJP vice-president Balbir Punj said the Congress is indulging in dirty politics by planting irrelevant stories to divert media attention from its scams and corruption. "Neither the girl nor her father had lodged any complaint, so it's an irrelevant to discuss any such issue. It's not a major issue for the country as the Congress is trying to project it," he added.