New Delhi: Launching a scathing attack on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over the views aired by him during his interaction with newspaper editors, the BJP, Tuesday, said that the quandary the government is currently in is of its own making.
Addressing a press conference in the national capital, party president Nitin Gadkari took strong exception to PM’s allegation that the Opposition is ‘not cooperating’ and instead alleged that the government did not consult them before starting parleys with the civil society on Lokpal.
“We were not taken into confidence and now when they are in a fix, they remember us and accuse us of noncooperation,” he said.
Gadkari said that his party will take a stand (on the Lokpal Bill) after it is tabled in Parliament.
Referring to PM’s statement that the Ramdev episode was unfortunate but unavoidable, Gadakri said, “When the people, by and large, had not taken single stone in their hands, then why did the police attack them. Is this good for democracy? Is it a crime to talk against black money and corruption?”
“The PM should explain why such an action was taken. Government ministers go to the airport to escort Ramdev and within four days your people call him thug? Now they say that same will happen with Anna Hazare. The Prime Minister and Sonia Gandhi should explain what type of democracy they want in the country,” the BJP president added.
On the issue of the government’s perceived failure to check rise on prices of essential commodities, Gadkari said, “The economist PM has failed in the examination.”
He opined that high inflation is high because of wrong economic policies of the government. “Rs 70000 crore worth of food grain is rotting. Why can’t the government distribute it to the poor?” he asked.