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Sonia reader, not leader: Sinha

Flaying Congress for carrying forward politics of dynasty, External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha dubbed its president Sonia Gandhi more of a reader than a leader.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, Ranchi
PUBLISHED ON APR 07, 2004 10:15 AM IST

Flaying Congress for carrying forward politics of dynasty, senior BJP leader and External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha on Sunday dubbed its president Sonia Gandhi more of a reader than a leader.

''The people have two faces before them to select -- on one side statesman and tallest leader (Atal Bihari) Vajpayee, and on the other a dynasty-loving party's inexperienced president Sonia Gandhi,'' Sinha told a gathering here.

Questioning Gandhi's experience in comparison to Vajpayee's, Sinha said ''A leader who always reads out speeches written by others can only be treated as a reader. Let us for a moment forget about her foreign origin, I wonder how can a leader rule the country by reading out texts prepared by others.''

Giving credit to Vajpayee's initiative to carry out the Pokhran test, Sinha claimed that the Narasimha Rao regime succumbed to the US pressure and aborted tests of nuclear and Agni missiles.

''We never went with begging bowls when the world imposed sanctions in the post-Pokhran days. When the world realised that the sanctions had been hurting their interests it started lifting them one by one,'' Sinha claimed.

At a time when the top leadership of BJP raising the foreign origin issue, Sinha told the people that development would be the only plank during the electioneering as the party wanted to accelerate the 'good work done in the last five years.'

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