BJP geared up to sharpen attack against UPA on corruption

As the UPA government battles a series of scams, the BJP national executive beginning here on Saturday is expected to further sharpen its offensive against the ruling alliance at the Centre on the issue of corruption.

Last Updated: Jan 07, 2011, 23:09 PM IST

Guwahati: As the UPA government battles a
series of scams, the BJP national executive beginning here on Saturday is expected to further sharpen its offensive against
the ruling alliance at the Centre on the issue of corruption.

This is the first meeting of the national executive of
the party after the 2-G spectrum allocation controversy
exploded into a major scam that saw an escalating standoff
between the government and the opposition over the issue of
JPC probe into it.

BJP sees the situation as an opportunity after two
successive stints in the opposition. Buoyed by the recent
revelations on the Bofors pay-offs case by the Income Tax
Appellate Tribunal, BJP will prepare a strategy for taking on
the government on the corruption cases that have come to light
in 2010.

BJP also plans to hold more rallies against corruption
across the country to keep the issue alive till the Budget
Session of Parliament.

BJP has now upped the ante by attacking Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh for his alleged failure to check corruption in
government and had made a big issue out of the Supreme Court`s
observation as to why he did not take action for long in the
2-G Spectrum allocation issue.

This is the first national executive of BJP after
senior leader Jaswant Singh was given the responsibility of
winning over more allies and improving relations with the four
parties already in the NDA-fold.

The party is eyeing allies like AIADMK in Tamil Nadu,
AGP in Assam, INLD in Haryana, TDP and TRS in Andhra Pradesh
which had been a part of NDA in the past. Incidentally,
Jaswant Singh has a good rapport with leaders like
Jayalalithaa and N Chandrababu Naidu.

The impressive victory of BJP and JD(U) in Bihar
assembly polls has come as a shot in the arm for BJP which
plans to strengthen NDA in case a snap Lok Sabha poll is
announced.

BJP President Nitin Gadkari, who has completed one
year at the party helm, is expected to utilise the opportunity
to devise the strategy ahead in consultation with Leaders of
the Opposition Sushma Swaraj in Lok Sabha and Arun Jaitley in
Rajya Sabha, under the guidance of senior leader L K Advani.

The national executive meeting is significant as
assembly elections in Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala
and Pudducherry are not far away.

PTI