Naidu casts doubts over longevity of UPA govt

Senior BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu said that the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre would not last long.

Updated: Apr 10, 2011, 18:01 PM IST

Kozhikode: Senior BJP leader Venkaiah
Naidu said here on Sunday the Congress-led UPA government at the
Centre would not last long and alleged that the Prime Minister
had "miserably failed" to tackle corruption.

Speaking to reporters, Naidu said "I can visualise a
second Jayaprakash Narayan movement in the offing. The UPA
Government will not last long and the country may have
mid-term polls".

On the enactment of Lokpal bill, Naidu said the support
social activist Anna Hazare received across the country was
not only for Lokpal Bill. "It is an expression of people`s
anger against corruption", he said.

Emphasising the need for "political will" to fight
corruption, Naidu alleged that Prime Minister Manomohan Singh
had "miserably failed" to take action against the corrupt.

Singh "allowed corruption to take place" and thus, the present
UPA regime "became the most corrupt government since
independence", he alleged.

Naidu cited the 2G spectrum allocation scam, Commonwealth
Games and Adarsh housing flat scam, and said the Prime
Minister had kept silent over the scandals. "Any other Prime
Minister would have taken action or would have resigned from
the post in any country", he said.

On the political trend in other states, Naidu said public
anger against the non-performance of the state governments in
the five states that are going to polls, would see them being
ousted.

Lashing out at the CPI(M), Naidu said Congress had been
their ally between 2004 to 2009, "but in 2011 Congress had
become a bad party". Describing the relationship between the
two parties, he said it was "cooperation in 2004, operation in
2009, separation in 2011".

Naidu said there was a perceptible change among the
people as people of Kerala are fed up with both the LDF and
UDF. "Both LDF and UDF are two sides of the same coin", he
said.

Stating that Kerala was lagging far behind compared to
other southern states, Naidu said that the Planning Commission
had said Kerala which was in the 7th place in development
had slipped down to 17th place in the country.

Alleging that both the fronts are encouraging
fundamentalist and communal forces, he said they had joined
together to pass a resolution in the State assembly in favour
of PDP leader Abdul Nasar Madhani, an accused in the Bangalore
serial bomb blast case and presently in jail.

BJP was confident of entering the assembly as there was
tremendous goodwill for the party this time, he said.

PTI