'Cong failed as Oppn'

PTI | ByPress Trust of India, Lucknow
May 03, 2004 07:53 PM IST

Congress has raised issues in Parliament but shied away from a debate, Venkaiah Naidu said.

Charging the Congress with failing to play the role of a constructive opposition, BJP on Monday said that the party was only interested in raising issues in Parliament but shied away from a debate.

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"They (Congress) got the mandate to sit in the opposition for the last elections, yet they failed to discharge their duties," BJP president Venkaiah Naidu told reporters here.

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Earlier, the opposition parties used to raise issues and suggest alternatives, but Congress only raised issues in the Lok Sabha, stalled proceedings and continously shied away from debate, he said.

Criticisng the BSP and Samajwadi Party, Naidu said "these regional parties are irrelevant and have no role to play in national politics."

Naidu said the politics of these regional parties had proved detrimental to the progress of states like Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, which have lagged behind other states.

On the issue of successor to Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, he said "Vajpayee is the undisputed leader of the party and such issues can be taken up after five years."

Apparently referring to Congress' newest entrants in politics - Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Vadra, he said "Congress was taking help from children but running that country was not a child's play."

Pointing out that exit polls were not "exact polls", the BJP president said "exit polls have presented a trailor of sorts on the atmosphere that could prevail in the country in case of a hung Parliament."

Naidu said he was confident that the NDA would get over 320 seats and BJP over 220 seats, with a major contribution coming from Uttar Pradesh.

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