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BJP hits out at govt, says it has lost credibility

Senior BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley on Friday attacked the Centre over a variety of issues. HT reports.

delhi Updated: Sep 10, 2011 00:20 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times

Senior BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley on Friday attacked the Centre over a variety of issues.

The issues were ranging from lack of cohesion in its ranks, concerns over the implications of the PM's recent Bangladesh visit and the falling credibility and image of the government.

The leaders were addressing the media to mark the end of Parliament's monsoon session.

"Contradictions in government were clear during the session. On Anna Hazare's movement, one line was to crush it and the other to solve the crisis peacefully. There was also a difference between the Congress party and government over this, with a Congress general secretary (Rahul Gandhi) articulating the party line in Parliament. On the Sports Bill too, there were dissensions. A Bill of Kapil Sibal was stalled by Congress members themselves in Rajya Sabha," Swaraj said.

"While the government was split, the Opposition increasingly got united."

She attacked the government on the Gujarat Lokayukta appointment saying while many ministers privately agreed that the appointment was wrong, they were unable to rein in their state PCC - and also over the cash-for-votes scam.

Jaitley, furthering the attack, said he had never got so many compliments for any speech of his from Congressmen as when he said the PM was being advised by far too many lawyers.

"The government is at war with itself," he added.

He said the session saw the government's credibility and image take a beating.

The BJP leaders also asked the government to clear the air over concerns in Assam over the implications of the PM's Bangladesh visit on territorial integrity of India. The government's position, however, is that there is no loss of territory.

Swaraj asserted at the BJP's meeting with the PM, there was no mention of any move to give any piece of Assam's land to Bangladesh.

The BJP has announced a study group under the party's deputy leader in the Rajya Sabha SS Ahluwalia to look into the issue.

Meanwhile, reacting to Thursday's reports that the BJP had decided to replace Uttarakhand CM Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank with BC Khanduri, Swaraj said, "No decision has been taken yet."

Earlier, Nishank denied any knowledge when asked if reports of his being replaced were true.

"He has been summoned by the BJP high command," confirmed state BJP president Bishen Singh Chuphal.

First Published: Sep 09, 2011 16:08 IST