Look for a youthful leder: Sibal

Claiming that PM's "forgetfulness" had become a national issue, Sibal asked BJP to look for a "youthful" leader to win polls.
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Published on May 01, 2004 03:07 PM IST
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Claiming that Prime Minister's "forgetfulness" had become a national issue, Congress on Friday suggested that BJP should look for a "youthful" leader to replace Atal Bihari Vajpayee as he was not fit to lead the nation in the 21st century.

"We have a Prime Minister who is even forgetting the dates of polls in his constituency (Lucknow) and asking the people to cast their votes on September five," party spokesman Kapil Sibal told reporters in New Delhi.

Recently, he said, the Prime Minister even forgot whether it was Lok Sabha polls or Rajya Sabha polls and the names of his party's candidates while campaigning in Chhattisgarh.

In a lighter vein, Sibal said that he was afraid that the 'forgetful' Prime Minister may take his aircraft somewhere else other than the destination. "We do not want that such a situation arises," he said.

He was also concerned as to what kind of promises Vajpayee may commit to Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf and later forget them.

"In such a situation, the people have realised that the BJP needs a young leader to lead the party," he said.

Claiming that Congress, its allies and Left Front were heading for a 'clear victory' in the polls, Sibal said that "nothing is left with the ruling NDA, not even Hindutava. Only Prime Minister is left with them who does not even remember the dates of the polls."

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