I liked Manmohan when he wasn`t PM: Advani
Panaji: Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader LK Advani Wednesday said he liked Manmohan Singh "when he was not the Prime Minister".
Speaking to reporters in Panaji, the former deputy prime minister, who is on a nationwide anti-graft Jan Chetna Yatra, also said calling Singh a weak PM was not a "harsh critique".
"When he was not a prime minister I liked him. He served very efficiently as P.V. Narasimha Rao`s finance minister, but we did not expect courage from him then," Advani said sarcastically.
"Calling him a weak PM is not harsh," Advani said adding the country had now realised in retrospect that the BJP`s constant castigation of Singh`s governance in the past had substance.
"People earlier used to say `he is an honest man, why do you keep attacking him`. Now they tell me, what the BJP was saying all this while is right," he said.
The BJP leader also said the record of both Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi in the battle against corruption was "highly unsatisfactory".
Advani also critiqued the Congress` efforts to put the blame for the 2G spectrum scam on United Progressive Alliance (UPA) partner DMK, whose former minister A. Raja is in prison on corruption charges.
"I have always stated that the massive 2G spectrum scam was not an ally affair alone. It has deeper roots in the higher level of government, including involvement of the ministers of the Congress in the union government and their role needs to be investigated," Advani said.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- PM Narendra Modi's speech at Heart of Asia conference
- Is population control next on central govt's agenda after demonetization?
- Gujarat: Goods train engine catches fire in Surat
- India-Afghanistan thrash Pakistan over terrorism issue in Heart of Asia conference
- Watch: Tracing the journey of Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa from films to politics
- RIP Amma: Jayalalithaa dies after 75 days in hospital; Tamil Nadu mourns
- Fake or Real? 'Alien animal' caught on Karnataka-Kerala border
- People want to know whether Jayalalithaa is alive or not; PM Narendra Modi must intervene, says expelled AIADMK MP Sasikala Pushpa
- Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa's condition continues to remain critical after suffering cardiac arrest
- I-T department rejects declaration of Rs 2,00,000 crore made under IDS by Mumbai family