Cong ridicules Advani; ask him to be innovative

Congress ridiculed LK Advani over his reiteration that Manmohan Singh is the weakest Prime Minister.

New Delhi: Congress on Friday ridiculed LK
Advani over his reiteration that Manmohan Singh is the weakest
Prime Minister asking the senior BJP leader and his party to
"bring some novelty at least in the phraseology".

"Neither the wine is new nor the bottle is new. Neither
the phrase is new nor the content. It is time Advani and BJP
at least start getting innovative and come out with new
usages, new thoughts," party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi
said.
He added, "These are old words that were used (during Lok
Sabha elections) in 2004 and 2009 and see what happened."

Linking Advani`s attack on Singh to the former`s Prime
Ministerial ambitions, Singhvi said,"if wishes were horses,
all of us would fly. If mere use of words could have led to
desired changes, we all would have been living on clouds and
in the dreamland."

During his anti-corruption `yatra` in Kolkata and Ranchi,
Advani today defended his oft-repeated criticism of Singh
being the "weakest" Prime Minister, saying he was only
calling "a spade a spade".
"The Prime Minister claims he is hurt because I called
him the weakest Prime Minister in living memory. If calling a
spade a spade is improper, I plead guilty," Advani said, two
days after the Prime Minister spoke of how the BJP leader`s
attacks appeared "intemperate" and that he should "avoid harsh
words" in his criticism.

"But it is not me, it is the Supreme Court that has
observed that the 2G scam could have been avoided and the
estimated Rs 1.76 lakh crore loss to the exchequer saved had
Mr Manmohan Singh acted", Advani told reporters in Kolkata
during his yatra that passed through West Bengal.

PTI

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