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Atal ridicules Congress

PM flayed Cong claim of being the only party that could successfully run a govt at the Centre.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, Chhindwara
PUBLISHED ON APR 30, 2004 09:32 PM IST

Stepping up his offensive against Congress, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Friday asked voters not to be swayed by its claim that no other party can successfully run the government at the Centre.

"They (Congress) have the wrong notion that no one else can run the government. We showed them that we can do so and we have done it successfully for the last six years," he told an election rally in Chhindwara.

He said the problem with Congress was that it has still not reconciled to being out of power for such a long time.

Under the NDA rule, the economic situation has improved, relations with neighbours are on the upswing and there has been all-round development. "Why should the Congress object to this?", he said.

Accusing Congress of being adept at toppling governments, he said it had brought down regimes led by Deve Gowda, I K Gujral and Charan Singh. He said Congress now has a tie-up with DMK, a party which it had stoutly opposed for long.

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