BJP asks Cong to look within instead of criticising Opposition

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 5, 2012 - 22:16

New Delhi: Taking offence at the attack on the Opposition by the Congress Working Committee at its conclave, BJP on Tuesday asked the ruling party to first look within saying its own leaders and coalition partners were responsible for the corruption in UPA government.

"They have a right to criticise us and we have no objection to that. They have nothing to say about their own achievements but the manner in which the Opposition was criticised without any basis is unfortunate," BJP Chief spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi had defended Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and alleged that the Opposition was uduly critical of the government.

"The almost reckless criticism of the Opposition for articulating the inefficiencies and corruption of this government is truly surprising," Prasad said, adding that this was inspite of over 40 Congress leaders conveying their "deep concern" at the conclave on price rise and rampant corruption had dented the government`s image.

BJP charged that both Sonia Gandhi and Singh have tried to run away from this "stark reality".

"To live in chronic denial is the DNA of Congress. It tries to run away from reality," Prasad said.

He also rubbished allegations of "conspiracy theories" being at work against the Congress.

"Congress should remember that this always fails. During the JP movement in the 1970s, Indira Gandhi and Deokant Barua (then Congress President) alleged that JP is a leader of a group of conspirators. Then in 1987-88, during Bofors they said conspiracy theories. And now again. This is the India of 2012, a changed India," Prasad said.


First Published: Tuesday, June 5, 2012 - 22:16

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