BJP to launch 'jail bharo' agitation against UPA government's failure
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should also go following the resignation of two cabinet ministers, BJP president Rajnath Singh said Saturday and announced a "jail bharo (filling the jails)" agitation May 27-June 2 against the "all-round failure" of UPA government.
Addressing a press conference here, Rajnath Singh said there was no alternative to elections and the country needed a new government.
Terming the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government the "most corrupt" since Independence "with scams of more than Rs.550 trillion", he blamed the Congress-led government for near wash-out of the second half of budget session.
He said the UPA has developed a penchant for shielding people charged with corruption till the very end.
"The (UPA) government should go and a new government should come. There is no alternative except elections,”"Rajnath Singh said, adding his party will struggle and create awareness among people against the UPA government.
“There will be jail bharo agitation from May 27 to June 2,” he said.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief did not make a direct demand for prime minister's resignation but said that if Manmohan Singh introspects, he will have no option but to resign.
"Two ministers resigned yesterday. The question is not of one or two ministers, whatever has been going on has put a question mark on the whole administrative process. The prime minister should introspect. If he does, there will be no option for him but to resign," he said.
Pawan Kumar Bansal and Ashwani Kumar Friday resigned as railway and law ministers following allegations of corruption and impropriety.
Attacked the prime minister over the coal block allocation controversy and the 2G spectrum allocations, Rajnath Singh referred to Kumar's remarks Saturday and said the former minister should tell reason for his resignation.
"Whom he tried to save through his resignation," he asked.
Targeting the Manmohan Singh government on corruption, he said the situation is going from bad to worse.
"There is coalgate, railgate, khelgate..." he said.
He said former communications minister A. Raja had not been summoned by the chairman of JPC on 2G spectrum despite repeated pleas.
Rajnath Singh also accused the UPA of failures in handling of internal and external security, economy and diplomacy.
He referred to Chinese incursion in Ladakh and said the country wants to know truth about reports that India had dismantled defence infrastructure as part of a deal.
He accused the UPA of failing to check price rise, fiscal deficit and current account deficit.
"If the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government will be known for laying the foundation of a high GDP growth, the Manmohan Singh government will be known for its tragic end," he claimed.
Answering a query on loss in Karnataka, he said the party was prepared to put power at stake but will not compromise on corruption.
"We have zero tolerance policy towards corruption," he said.
Answering a query on Narendra Modi's campaign in Karnataka, he said the Gujarat chief minister will play an effective role in the party.
"He is a popular chief minister. His performance is good... He will be in a active role," he said.
On the issue of issue of Ram temple in Ayodhya, he said the matter was before the courts.
"We should wait for court verdict," he said, adding he hoped there will be an early decision from the Supreme Court.