New Delhi: Launching a scathing attack on
the BJP, senior Congress leader and Home Minister P Chidambaram Monday said the opposition party would not come to
the power in the next decade and even after.
Addressing the Congress Plenary on the concluding day of
the two-day conclave, Chidambaram said he had no doubt in his
mind that in the next ten years, it would be a Congress or a
Congress-led government that would rule Delhi.
"To the BJP I would say, aap ka number nahi aayega,
(your number will not come) before the decade or even after.
For the next ten years, we would be in the government," he
said amidst applaud from the audience.
The Home Minister said when the Congress party was in the
government, it must set out its programmes, must pay attention
to inclusive growth, ensure health for all, assure education
for all and must make every habitation liveable.
Chidambaram said he was wondering why the BJP was so
angry with the Congress and thought that there could be two
reasons for it -- one was the "electibility" of the Congress
and the "re-electibility" of Congress.
"It is the Congress party alone which can govern the
country for five years and go back to the people and ask for a
mandate and get re-elected. The BJP had got one chance and
failed. The BJP is envious of Congress party. It is the
Congress party which knows how to govern and how to get
re-elected and govern the country for second term," he said.
The Home Minister said the BJP was envious of Congress
because it was the Congress which can deliver growth.
`Ministries should give progress reports to PM`
The Home Minister, who
prepares a monthly report of the activities of his ministry,
suggested that other ministries should also be
accountable to the Prime Minister and the government should
give six-monthly progress reports to the Congress.
"The Prime Minister should call each and every ministry
and department and seek a report from them every three months
about what it has done during this period.
"And every six months, Congress President should summon
the government and ask what it has done," Chidambaram said in
his address at the Congress Plenary here.