Ramsar: Apparently not wanting to wade
into problems of BJP, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday said what was happening in that party was not good and felt the
controversies over Kandahar and Pokhran-II were needless.
In his first comments on the turmoil in BJP, he told
reporters here that infighting in that party was "not good".
"It (infighting in BJP) is not good. In a democracy,
stability in political parties is necessary. If there is
instability, it will have an impact on the country," he said
when asked about the crisis in BJP.
Asked whether there was instability in BJP, Singh, who
was in Ramsar, about 60 km from Barmer, to see progress of
NREGA projects, said there should be stability in all parties.
To questions on the raging controversy over the
Kandahar hijack episode arising out of differences among BJP
leaders -- LK Advani, Jaswant Singh, Yashwant Sinha besides
former National Security Advisor Brajesh Mishra, he said,
"what can I say about it. I was not there."
"It is not correct," he said in reply to a question
about the atmosphere created by the bad blood between the BJP
When specifically asked about BJP leaders insisting
that Advani was present at a meeting of the Cabinet Committee
on Security (CCS) on Jaswant Singh going to Kandahar in a
plane with three terrorists, the Prime Minister said, "I was
not there. Yaswant and Jaswant were there."
First Published: Saturday, August 29, 2009, 14:42