Govt won`t last full term, need to expand NDA: BJP

Buoyed by its success in stalling Parliament over 2G spectrum scam and the recent victory in Bihar, BJP on Friday said the UPA government is unlikely to complete its full term and maintained that there was need to expand the NDA.

Updated: Dec 10, 2010, 22:03 PM IST

New Delhi: Buoyed by its success in stalling
Parliament over 2G spectrum scam and the recent victory in
Bihar, BJP on Friday said the UPA government is unlikely to
complete its full term and maintained that there was a need to
expand the NDA to take on the Congress in the next elections.

"We are in a strange crossroads. Till a few weeks ago, I
used to say we have to prepare for the 2014 general elections.
Today I am not willing to say with any element of certainty or
confidence that the next election will only be in 2014,"
Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley said.
"I don`t think the government, which is almost tripping
by the day, can sustain three and a half years or four years
which are left," he added.

Jaitley, who was addressing a seminar organised by the
BJP Legal Cell on the 2G Spectrum allocation issue, asked the
party cadre to be ready to take to the streets for protests
and rallies in the coming three months on the issue.

The senior BJP leader claimed that the prospects of the
Left parties were dim in the forthcoming Assembly polls in
West Bengal and Kerala and with this the chances of a Third
Front would diminish further.

"We must bear in mind that against UPA and Congress there
is little space for two anti-Congress Fronts. But the
substantive space is only for one Front... We in BJP and NDA
have a substantive responsibility. We have to become the
nucleus of the anti-UPA politics and in that situation we have
to expand the NDA," Jaitley said.

He accused the Left parties and other constituents of the
Third Front of frequently changing their stand vis-a-vis the
Congress by supporting or withdrawing support.

"In April there is going to be a substantive change...
The Left will get a rude setback," Jaitley claimed, saying
that for the first time in 30 years there would be no Left
government in any big state in the country.

He referred to the recent victory of BJP in the Gujarat
local bodies elections and in Bihar, where the party retained
power with a thumping majority along with the JD(U), and said
this was an indicator of the things to come.

The eminent lawyer also attacked Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh, holding his "silence" on the 2-G scam as one of the
reasons for the present state of affairs in the country.
"In the last two months, when this issue was climaxed...
The principal office in a Parliamentary democracy is the Prime
Minister. The Prime Minister has gone into complete silence.
He speaks on foreign policy and then stops it at that. For
some reason domestic politics is becoming alien to him,"
Jaitley said.

He accused the Prime Minister of not taking any
initiative to break the stalemate in Parliament or taking a
stand against corruption.

"It today appears he is losing his will to govern and
that is the silence he is going into.... This government
appears to be cracking up as though the Raj is going to slip
out," Jaitley said.

He described Singh as a "prisoner of coalition politics"
who is "presiding for the last three years over the cover-up
(on 2G)".

PTI