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BJP hits out at PM over graft, seeks his resignation

Intensifying its attack on the UPA government, BJP sought Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s resignation for his "failure" to deal with the issue of corruption.

Jammu: Intensifying its attack on the UPA government, BJP on Friday sought Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s resignation for his "failure" to deal with the issue of corruption and said it will launch a country-wide agitation to build pressure on the Congress-led coalition.

BJP`s newly-appointed General Secretary Amit Shah said here that the party will launch a `jail bharo andolan` across the country from May 27 to create pressure for PM`s resignation.

"This government has failed miserably. I know that even after so much of happening, he (PM) is not going to resign and that is why BJP has decided to oppose this government from Parliament to villages," Shah said.

"We are doing that (protesting) in both the Houses of the Parliament and we will now take the fight to the masses," Shah, the former Gujarat home minister, said.

Taking a jibe at the PM, Shah said "an economist Prime Minister has failed on the economic front. The economy touched the lowest ever growth rate under the present regime."

Shah termed UPA as the most corrupt government since independence, and accused it of failing to deliver on all fronts.

"One after another, scandals of this government are coming in front of the public. It is one of the most corrupt governments the country has seen since independence," Shah said, claiming that to former Law Minister Ashwani Kumar had to resign to save the PM in Coalgate issue.

Quoting the recent remarks made by the Supreme Court on CBI`s autonomy, Shah accused the government of degrading the value of constitutional institutions.

In Chandigarh, another party General Secretary P Muralidhar Rao made a similar demand, and said that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has "lost the moral right" to rule.

"This government is subverting the institutional framework of this country to serve its single-point agenda of looting public money," Rao alleged.

"The mother of all scams, the coal blocks allocation scam, happened when the Coal Ministry was with the Prime Minister," he added.

Rao alleged that the Prime Minister`s office directly intervened in CBI`s investigation into the coal blocks allocation issue.

"Therefore the Supreme Court observed that the CBI is a caged parrot. It is evident that that till this PM continues, we cannot expect a free and fair probe into all the scams which have happened," he said.

Terming the UPA government a "failure", Rao said while the state of country`s economy touched a new low under the existing regime, the relation with neighbouring countries also deteriorated due to faulty foreign policy, he said.


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