New Delhi: BJP on Monday described as
"lacklustre" President Pratibha Patil`s speech to the Joint
Sitting of Parliament, saying it had neither any new direction
nor had any mention about the challenges to federalism.
"The speech is lackluster because there is no new
direction. It is prepared by the government. It is just a list
of what has been done which is not enough. It does not say
anything about the challenge to the federalism and the
government`s attitude towards the states," BJP spokesperson
Prakash Javadekar told reporters outside Parliament.
He contended that the central government was usurping the
powers from the states through various laws without consulting them.
Javadekar said that while the President has supported the
National Counter Terrorism Centre, she has failed to mention
the state`s opposition to such steps.
"This is totally an uninspiring speech. Whether it is on
the issue of NCTC, RPF, communal violance bill or several
bills of the HRD ministry, the states have not been taken
into confidence. This is an attack on federal structure and no
mention of this is there in the President`s speech," he said.