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Behave responsibly: Vajpayee tells Congress

November 20, 2003 22:30 IST

Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Thursday said the Congress party should remain out of power for a 'longer' period of time so that it could learn to behave as a responsible opposition.

He accused the party of lacking 'farsightedness' at an election meeting in West Delhi.

"Congress has not learnt to remain out of power," he said. Vajpayee said the Congress-ruled Delhi was still facing a number of problems such as scarcity of water, power, good roads and communication facilities.

"Even after remaining in power for five years, roads in Delhi are in a bad shape. I have been so many capitals but when I come back here, I feel sad," he said. Vajpayee added the minimum needs of the people were not being fulfilled.

Describing the violent incidents in Assam and Bihar, he said that job opportunities were limited and the number of aspirants was high. The government jobs would not solve the purpose and there was a need for generation of self-employment, he said.

Appealing to the people to elect a government, which understands its responsibility and goes hand-in-hand with the Centre to take Delhi on the path of prosperity and development, Vajpayee said there should not be any friction between the Centre and the states.

The Congress government in Delhi 'failed' to provide the basic minimum facilities to the people, he said. "It has always tried to serve its own interest and was not worried about the people," he charged.

Observing that there were so many non-Congress governments in the states, Vajpayee said no one had imagined how a non-Congress government at the Centre would last its full term. The Congress, he alleged, had always tried to destabilise such a government.

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Sub: Just for election's sake

Vajpayee is a respectable person. He might have said this out of political compulsion. This he do sometimes out of pressure from his own party. ...

Posted by satya

Sub: Behave responsibly: PM to Cong

PM accuses Delhi Government for non governence, HE should pay a visit to BJP ruled states like Gujarat, Jharkhand and until recently ruled UP. Delhi ...

Posted by Ashutosh

Sub: Improve basic amenities

If congress wins the elections, this would really show that people care for basic ammenities and not just vote on basis of caste or religion. ...

Posted by Lyres


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