'PM made many speeches but left no footprints'

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Apr 20, 2014 08:11 IST

Taking a dig at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, BJP candidate from Amritsar Arun Jaitley on Saturday said the former may have made numerous speeches but he was hardly heard.

In his campaign diary, Jaitley wrote, "In response to controversy created by two recently published books, the Prime Minister's Office has clarified that during the last 10 years, the Prime Minister had delivered over 1200 speeches. The PMO thought that this would counter the charge that the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was not a "speaking" Prime Minister."

The BJP leader said, "A Prime Minister must be communicative. He must be heard with attention. He must be a leader and not just a reader. The PMO is right. Statistically, the Prime Minister was speaking; factually, he was not being heard. The Prime Minister walked on snow, but did not leave any footprints".

He said, "President Barrack Obama, on his visit to India, delivered several important speeches, including one in the Central Hall of Parliament. During the presidential banquet in his honour, I had an opportunity to interact with the key draftsmen of his speeches. Each of his speeches were prepared by an expert and vetted by a group of officials and eventually by the President himself. Most of the speeches were read out from the teleprompter. The teleprompter had a transparent screen. We, in the audience, thought it was an ex tempore speech. But the President was reading from the two teleprompters, even in the Central Hall of Parliament. The impact that his delivery and diction created was huge."

Jiatley, in his campaign diary, also took a dig at former cricket skipper Bishen Singh Bedi who was in Amritsar to support Congress candidate Capt Amarinder Singh.

"My friend Bishen Bedi was in Amritsar yesterday. This was the visit with a difference. He came to campaign for a political party which has provided India the most dishonest government in history. He came to campaign for a candidate who is accused under the Prevention of Corruption Act. Bishen has always been a crusader even if he crusades for an immoral cause," Jaitley added.

also read

BJP strategist Jaitley braces for his own toughest battle yet
Show comments