Advani targets PM on Lokpal

BJP leader LK Advani hit out at PM Manmohan Singh for the Lokpal fiasco in Rajya Sabha, alleging that he had chosen "conspiratorial silence".

New Delhi: BJP leader L K Advani on Saturday hit out at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the Lokpal fiasco
in Rajya Sabha, alleging that he had chosen "conspiratorial
silence and acquiescence" while the government ran away from a
vote on the Bill.

In a statement issued today, Advani said, "For the UPA
government, 2011 was annus horribilis (horrible year). The
Congress-led government found itself in the quagmire of one
corruption scandal after another, each of which robbed it of
its legitimacy to rule."

He insisted that the credibility of the government and
its leadership "nosedived in direct proportion to the scale of
the scandals" and the Prime Minister as well as Congress
President Sonia Gandhi were engaged in "desperate acts of
scapegoating" trying to ensure that bigger heads did not roll.

Advani also held Singh responsible to a great extent
for the inconclusive Rajya Sabha debate on Lokpal Bill and the
adjournment amid uproar.
"It (UPA government) exhibited arrogance, ineptitude
and deceit in equal measure in dealing with the demand for a
strong, independent and effective Lokpal. I, for one, am not
in the least bit surprised that Year 2011 ended with the UPA
government literally fleeing from vote in the Rajya Sabha on
its own version of the Lok Sabha bill," he said.

The BJP leader charged that he had never seen a
government invite such ignominy upon itself because of the
"virtual evaporation of responsibility" on the part of the
Prime Minister. He maintained that Singh had chosen
"conspiratorial silence and acquiescence" when India expected
"honest, transparent leadership" from him.
Though Advani did not specify clearly if his party was
hopeful of mid-term polls, he stated that 2012 is undoubtedly
"pregnant with the certainty of big changes in national
politics" especially with Singh rendered a "lame duck Prime

"The fraud on democracy, which the nation witnessed on
the night of December 29, was unprecedented," he said.

The BJP leader described the UPA government as the the
most corrupt government in the history of independent India.

"The UPA government`s `Fleedom at Midnight` in the
Rajya Sabha on Thursday, as my colleague Jaitley has memorably
described, has rendered Dr. Manmohan Singh a lame duck Prime
Minister. The initiative to define the course of politics in
the New Year has clearly shifted to the BJP and the NDA,"
Advani said.

He admitted that though BJP and NDA governments in the
states were doing well and committed to good governance, there
have been problems and disappointments. "We must correct these
resolutely in 2012," he said.

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa and Uttarakhand
CM Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank were asked to quit by the BJP this
year after a slew of corruption cases in their governments.

The NDA Working Chairperson also showered fulsome praise
on his juniors, Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma
Swaraj, her Rajya Sabha counterpart Arun Jaitley and party
president Nitin Gadkari.

"2011 saw the BJP`s, and NDA`s, parliamentary work
rise to the people`s expectations from an effective opposition
alliance determined to challenge a scam-ridden and anti-poor
government," Advani said.


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