`PM`s position untenable as reflected in Jaiswal`s remark`

Jaitley said the Central government is unable to give direction and leadership to the country.

New Delhi: BJP on Sunday attacked Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh, saying his position is "untenable" as
reflected in the statement of his cabinet colleague that he
can be replaced overnight if the Gandhi family decides.

"One can understand how untenable the position of the
prime minister has become from the fact that his own minister
has said he can be replaced overnight," Leader of the
Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley said.

He was addressing a rally of BJP booth level workers here
at Ramlila grounds.

Jaitley was referring to Union Minister Sriprakash
Jaiswal`s statement at a public rally in Mathura on February
25 that Rahul Gandhi can become prime minister overnight by
replacing Singh if he so wishes but he does not want to be PM.

"Rahul Gandhi can become Prime Minister at 12 tonight, he
can administer the oath of office and no one can stop that.
But neither does he want to become the Prime Minister nor the
chief minister," Jaiswal had said.

Jaitley said the Central government is unable to give
direction and leadership to the country.

"There is an anti-Congress wave throughout the country.
This will become clear on March 6 when the results of the
Assembly elections come out. Corruption is at its peak.

Congress has ended the credibility of the central government,"
he said, asking BJP to make the most of this opportunity to
take on the government.

Meanwhile, Led by L K Advani, Sushma Swaraj, Jaitley and
M Venkaiah Naidu, BJP blew the poll bugle at the rally for the
forthcoming urban local body elections in Delhi.

Buoyed by its recent victories in local body elections in
Mumbai, Nagpur and Thane in Maharashtra, the BJP leaders hope
for a similar performance in the national capital.

"The ruling party (Congress) has helped us to such a
great extent by giving us several issues that if we lose, it
will be due to our own fault," Advani said.

Swaraj said while highlighting issues of corruption,
black money, FDI in retail, reservation on religious lines,
and lack of law and order, the party should also set aside
internal differences and work together.

"Only one ticket can be given for a seat. Those workers
of the same level who do not get a ticket should not feel
neglected. A new culture has developed that those who do not
get the ticket gang up and work towards finishing off the
candidates chances. While doing so they end the chances of the
party too," she said.

Naidu administered the victory pledge to party workers to
"work tirelessly, unitedly and with single-minded
determination to oust the corrupt and anti-people Congress
governments both in Delhi and at the Centre".


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