Cong hits back at Advani, says he is like `stuck gramaphone`

Hitting back at senior BJP leader LK Advani for his "very personal" attack on PM Manmohan Singh, Congress today said he was sounding like a "stuck gramophone record" and was "parroting" the "frivolous" insinuations.

Last Updated: Feb 15, 2011, 19:47 PM IST

New Delhi: Hitting back at senior BJP leader
L K Advani for his "very personal" attack on Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh, Congress today said he was sounding like a
"stuck gramophone record" and was "parroting" the "frivolous"
insinuations.

Soon after Advani said in Kolkata that Singh was a "weak"
Prime Minister and he felt sorry for him, Congress spokesman
Manish Tewari reminded the BJP leader of the fate his party
in the last Lok Sabha elections after a similar attack was
mounted on Singh.

"The very personal campaign against the Prime Minister
does not behove his (Advani`s) stature and his experience in
public life", Tewari told reporters.

"I pity him. Unfortunately the Chairperson of NDA
(Advani) has started sounding like a stuck gramophone record,"
the Congress spokesman said.

He said "all these frivolous, baseless and
unsubstantiated insinuations were parroted out by BJP in the
run-up to 2009 elections also" and the result was that
Congress came to power with bigger mandate.

Alleging that BJP has perfected a strategy that can be
summed up into two words "shoot and scoot", Tewari said, the
main Opposition party has "super specialised in a campaign of
calumny".

Countering BJP on the issue of corruption, the Congress
spokesperson questioned its "deafening silence" on alleged
irregularities in Karnataka and other BJP ruled states.

Earlier while addressing a rally in Kolkata, Advani
said, "I pity Manmohan Singh. I am not angry. I have seen
prime ministers since the time of Nehru, but I have never seen
such a weak prime minister."

He said for the first time a prime minister of the
country had to file an affidavit in the Supreme Court - on the
2G spectrum case.

He demanded that JPC probe should be ordered to cover
all cases of corruption, including 2G spectrum, CWG and
(Adarsh Housing) defence land scam .

PTI