Few Takers for Manmohan Talk on Modi, UPA
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s no-holds-barred criticism of Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP PM candidate Narendra Modi at his news conference here on Friday had few takers, with the leaders of several political parties severely criticising the tirade.
While the TDP and BJP ally Shiv Sena took strong exception to the PM’s all-out attack on Modi, the CPM and JD(U) simply refused to subscribe to Manmohan’s claims on the UPA Government’s track record.
TDP leader Nama Nageshwar Rao, who flayed the PM for his criticism of Modi, alleged that the Congress had ruined the country in several ways. “The Prime Minister has no right to criticise leaders of other political parties. Why was the Prime Minister silent on coalgate and the missing coal files?” he sought to know.
Maintaining that the policies of UPA-II have been “disastrous”, CPM PolitBuro member Sitaram Yechury flayed the Prime Minister for shielding some of those found guilty of corruption.
“Most of the scams have emerged during the UPA-II and that is something they have to own up (and accept) that this is what has happened,” he said.
According to Yechury, the Centre should act against those found guilty of involvement in the scams instead of shielding some of them as is happening in the multi-crore Adarsh case. “The policies, which the UPA-II has pursued, which he (PM) has followed, are disastrous for the country. There have been policies which have imposed unprecedented burden on the people,” he pointed out.
Reacting to the Prime Minister’s claims, JD(U) president Sharad Yadav said Manmohan was hardly convincing while fielding questions at the presser.
“During Manmohan’s tenure, the country has moved backwards. Today’s politics will also take the country backwards,” he said.
Another BJP ally, the Shiromani Akali Dal ridiculed Manmohan’s desire to pass the baton of Prime Ministership to Rahul Gandhi. “There is no way the country will elect a Congress PM for a third time. We all know how the Congress is sinking. We have seen that happening in Delhi. If the party touches even 100 seats, it should consider itself lucky,” said SAD leader Naresh Gujral.