Second year was `nightmare` for UPA-II govt: BJP
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Last Updated: Sunday, May 22, 2011, 21:28
New Delhi: BJP on Sunday said the second year had been a "nightmare" for the UPA-II government due to its dismal track record in which it failed in checking corruption, tackling economic challenges like price rise and in fighting Naxal violence.

"The UPA has had a dismal track record in the last year.

It was a nightmare for the government. A year which any government would love to forget. We fail to understand what is there for it to celebrate," Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley said on the completion of two years of UPA-II government.

He insisted that it was a "wasted opportunity" for the government as its credibility has "hit rock-bottom".

The BJP leader maintained that the Manmohan Singh government had failed in all areas of governance.

On the economic front, UPA-II had failed to check the high rate of inflation and the investment environment in the country stands disturbed, he said.

Jaitley said amid all these challenges, the ministers did not agree on several issues while UPA allies were busy making money from corruption.

"People do not remember the Commonwealth Games for the games that took place but essentially for the corruption around the games," he said.

The senior BJP leader mentioned a recent Time magazine article which states that the 2G spectrum allocation scam was the second biggest after the Watergate scam.

He was also critical of the role played by the investigative agencies like the CBI which, he alleged, were working at the behest of the government.

Jaitley hailed the role of the opposition, media and the judiciary for "jumping into action" to corner the corrupt practices in the UPA-II government.

The main opposition also took a dig at the government for failing to find a solution to the Telangana issue.

He also said the UPA regime has failed to combat Maoists and there is no progress in the fight against Naxal violence.

On the issue of Jammu and Kashmir, the BJP leader maintained that the government was merely indulging in "various adventures" like forming groups to look into the issue and appointing interlocutors who had failed in their job.


First Published: Sunday, May 22, 2011, 21:28

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