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BJP should look for a younger leader: Congress

April 30, 2004 19:13 IST
Last Updated: April 30, 2004 22:06 IST

Claiming that the prime minister's 'forgetfulness' has become a national issue in the elections, Congress on Friday suggested that Bharatiya Janata Party look for a 'youthful' leader to replace Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

"We have a prime minister who is even forgetting the dates of polls in his constituency (Lucknow) and asking the people to cast their votes on September 5," party spokesman Kapil Sibal told reporters in Delhi.

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Recently, the prime minister even forgot whether the polls were for the Lok Sabha or the Rajya Sabha and the names of his party's candidates while campaigning in Chhattisgarh.

He was concerned about the kind of promises Vajpayee may make to Pakistan President Gen Pervez Musharraf and later forget them.

"In such a situation, people have realised that the BJP needs a younger leader," he said.

Claiming that Congress, its allies and Left Front were heading for a 'clear victory' in the polls, Sibal said, "Nothing is left with the ruling National Democratic Alliance, not even Hindutva. Only a prime minister who does not even remember the dates of the polls."

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Sub: congress just forgot the people for 50 yrs ..

congress never remebered the people when they were in power for 50 yrs so its high time if they r complaining abt the PM..well BJP ...

Posted by saby

Sub: When old is too old, only applies to BJP!

Kapil Sibal is old in accordance with the average age of an Indian in India. Any one over the age 45 in the olden days ...

Posted by Ramesh Kapoor

Sub: WHAT?

Has Vajpayee EVER talked like this about the Congress Party? Devoid of any policies whatsoever, the Congress has taken to insulting Vajpayee as a person! ...

Posted by Vikram

Sub: Vajpayee's forgetfullness -indication of old age.

Kapil Sibal's remarks on PM's forgetfullness are well taken and right. Congress Party must blow it on trumpets in all their election meetings as a ...

Posted by Chandra Prakash Gandhi

Sub: BJP needs younger leader

For that matter many parties need younger leaders,Why not the next Government fix terms for PM,DPM,and Minsters like presidential term "five+five years" in India. US ...

Posted by R.M.Gandhi


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