UPA-II has failed on several fronts: Jaitley

Coming out with its own report card of UPA-II`s first year in office, BJP today accused it of misusing institutions like CBI to manage vulnerable allies, faltering on strategic and foreign policy issues.

Last Updated: May 19, 2010, 21:05 PM IST

New Delhi: Coming out with its own report
card of UPA-II`s first year in office, BJP today accused it of
misusing institutions like CBI to manage vulnerable allies,
faltering on strategic and foreign policy issues, failing to
deliver on internal security front and in controlling prices.

"Normally, the first year of any government or honeymoon
period is a very comfortable period. For Congress-led UPA, it
started with a slender majority and opportunistic support of
BSP, SP and RJD but they thought they had captured the moon
and made arrogance their political culture," Leader of
Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley said.

The senior leader said UPA has a very "uneasy
relationship" with these three allies, whom he termed as the
"vulnerable section of opposition" or the "phoney
opposition", and alleged misuse of CBI to control them.

"In the cut-motion and the earlier vote of confidence
(UPA-I), though the actual voting took place in Parliament,
the gameplan for voting was decided by CBI in the corridors of
Supreme Court," Jaitley said.

He was alluding to the premier investigating agency
accused of going slow against SP, BSP and RJD leaders in
disproportionate assets cases against them allegedly to get
their support.

UPA-II government completes one year in power on May 22
and is bringing out a report card of its achievements during
this period.

Jaitley said Congress did not have the best of relations
with other allies too.

"There is an uneasy relationship with TMC as Mamata
Banerjee does not follow conventional discipline, while DMK is
involved in palace intrigues, has shared snide remarks with
NCP but tolerates it as the two need each other in
Maharashtra," Jaitley said.

The noted lawyer also took a dig at Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh and Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi on
their style of functioning in the last one year.

He alleged that Singh has shown his "capacity to damage
institutions" as shown by "misuse" of CBI, phone tapping, cash
for votes or interference in the working of the Election
Commission.

"Even his reputation as an economist has taken a beating
as he kept saying prices will moderate but nothing happened."
Jaitley said.

PTI