PM can’t get away citing honesty, says BJP
Ahmedabad: BJP on Saturday came down heavily on
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh saying that he cannot cite his
personal honesty when his government has been hit by a series
"The prime minister has presided over the most corrupt
government in the country since independence. He cannot cry
about his honesty," BJP spokesperson Ravishankar Prasad said
here in a reply to a question on what the BJP had to say about
honesty of the prime minister.
The people of the country this time will decide on the
basis of what has been done by him while presiding over the
government hit by scams such as 2G, Commonwealth games, Adarsh
housing society and the ISRO deal, Prasad said.
"The prime minister is working like the CEO of a company
whose owners are not taking any responsibility. By owners I
mean Sonia Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi. He is leading a rudderless
ship," he said.
The BJP leader said in the present government "the left
hand does not know what the right hand is doing as on one side
government ministers including Pranab Mukherjee give a red
carpet welcome to Ramdev, while on the other side the home
minister P Chidambaram orders forceful evacuation of him and
his supporters from Ramlila Maidan."
Prasad announced that BJP will launch a nationwide
agitation against the Congress-led UPA from June 23 to 26
protesting against the government`s action of evicting the
yoga guru and his supporters from Ramlila Maidan where they
were sitting on fast.
"As scams after scams are coming out of the closet and
fight against corruption is being waged, the repressive
character of this government is increasingly evident," he
"See the double standards of this government. It allowed
anti-national forces like Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Gilani
to take out rally against India in the national capital, while
it forcefully evicted women, children and saints protesting
peacefully at Ramdev`s agitation site," Prasad said.
Rahul Gandhi sat on dharna in Bhatta-Parsaul village
when UP government took action against farmers there. However,
he is not speaking anything about the police action at Ramlila
Maidan, he said.
"Ramdev is not demanding anything for himself. He has
taken up fast for the good cause of nation. The government
should not be so egotistical in dealing with him.
"BJP strongly believes that this government will not
take any credible action on bringing back black money stashed
in foreign banks as its own people will be exposed," Prasad
In the case of Hasan Ali, the BJP leader said, "the
names of Congress leaders are already coming out."
Speaking about Congress allegations that there was
RSS-BJP hand behind the anti-corruption agitation going on in
the country, Prasad said, "This is an expired medicine. Indira
Gandhi had in the 70`s alleged that Jayprakash Narayan and
Acharya Kriplani were fronts of RSS, during the Bofors
controversy Rajiv Gandhi`s camp had said that V P Singh was
working at RSS`s behest."
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