Gadkari blasts UPA government for Lokpal fiasco

BJP President Nitin Gadkari on Friday blasted UPA for the Lokpal fiasco accusing it of not being serious about passing the bill.

Last Updated: Dec 30, 2011, 23:15 PM IST

Shimla: BJP President Nitin Gadkari on Friday blasted UPA for the Lokpal fiasco accusing it of not being serious about passing the bill and asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to resign on moral grounds.
"Why the Congress enacted the midnight high drama if it
was not serious about passing the Lokpal bill. It has no moral
right to stay in office," Gadkari said addressing a rally at
Kullu to mark completion of four of years of BJP in power in
Himachal Pradesh.

Gadkari said absence of the political will to pass the
bill on part of UPA was evident in Rajya Sabha where the
legislation was not put to vote and Congress played truant.

Holding the UPA responsible for rampant corruption, he
listed mega scams that rocked the country in quick succession
and said there was nothing surprising about people wanting a
strong law to check the menace.

He said the BJP and its allies would form the next
Government at the Centre in 2014 as people were fed up with
the "anti-people and anti-poor" policies of the UPA.
Referring to four years of BJP rule in Himachal, he
said it was full of achievements and expressed confidence that
the party would create history by returning to power in the
state after the next Assembly polls.

Gadkari said he had got a survey conducted in Himachal
which revealed that 60 per cent of people were satisfied and
happy with the government.

The fact that the state won 51 national and
international awards during 48 months, itself spoke of the
track record of the government on the developmental front.

However, about one and a half dozen dissident leaders,
who have formed the Bhrastachar Mukti Morcha were
conspicuously absent from the rally.

These leaders included Former MP and state BJP chief
Maheshwar Singh, Krishan Kapoor and Romesh Dhawala, both
ministers, Rajan Sushant MP, Khushi Ram Balnatah, Praveen
Sharma, Vipin Parmar and Des Raj, all MLAs.

These leaders had met Gadkari in Delhi last month and
given vent to their grievances and were hopeful that some
action would be taken.

Addressing the Rally, chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal
said the per capita income of the state, which was Rs 42076 in
2007-08, has gone up to Rs 58493 in 2010-11 while the State`s
GDP rose from Rs 33963 crore to Rs 52426 during the period.

PTI