'I am ready for live TV debate with Manmohan'
Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate LK Advani today challenged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to a live television debate ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, like in the US, and also described Manmohan Singh him as the weakest political head the country has ever seen. See specialUpdated: Mar 27, 2009 01:52 IST
Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) prime ministerial candidate LK Advani on Thursday challenged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to a live television debate ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, like in the US, and also described Manmohan Singh him as the weakest political head the country has ever seen.
"Let the prime minister come for a live TV debate for which I am ready. This is the practice prevalent in the US during elections," Advani told an election rally in Sepa in East Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh bordering China.
The BJP's prime ministerial candidate also termed Manmohan Singh as the weakest prime minister India has ever seen.
"I have never seen a prime minister who has to take orders from the party high command to do anything for the country. Without Sonia Gandhi's approval, nothing moves in the government," Advani said at a modest gathering.
The BJP leader also challenged Manmohan Singh to contest parliamentary elections instead of taking the Rajya Sabha route. "Singh will be more acceptable to the people of India if he decides to fight the elections and go to the Lok Sabha," Advani said.
Manmohan Singh is a member of Rajya Sabha from Assam.
Earlier, Advani addressed two election rallies in Assam where he lashed out at the Congress party for what he termed its failure to tackle infiltration from Bangladesh which has posed a threat to the country's internal security.
Advani's remarks come two days after Manmohan Singh challenged the BJP leader's ability to rule India, saying his only contribution to "national welfare" was his role in the 1992 demolition of the Babri mosque.
Advani had on Tuesday termed Manmohan Singh a "weak" prime minister.
First Published: Mar 26, 2009 19:01 IST