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Cong running away from honest introspection: BJP

January 18, 2013 19:08 IST

The Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday charged Congress is running away from doing an honest introspection about its "failures" at the ruling party's conclave in Jaipur and instead engaging in "self-certification" about its actions despite not meeting even "doable" targets set by it.

The main opposition welcomed Congress' move to hold a "chintan shivir" (brainstorming conclave) at Jaipur, saying the aim of reviewing its work and carrying out introspection is always good for a party.

BJP sought to find loopholes in the address given by Congress president Sonia Gandhi at the meet, alleging she did not flag the issues on which the party has failed to perform.

"From the speech of Sonia Gandhi, they are already giving signs that they are missing an opportunity. An honest review does not seem to be in the offing. I say this as she has failed to acknowledge that the government lacks leadership, lacks integrity and certainly lacks direction," BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said.

The BJP leader said Gandhi and Congress appear to be looking for "alibis" for its "non-performance" instead of admitting and looking into the reasons for its shortcomings.

"In fact, it (Gandhi's speech) has even gone to the other extreme in that it is a self-certification about excellent growth which the country has seen in the last eight-nine years. (But) This self-certification goes also with the admission that giving one crore jobs is a challenge," Sitharaman said.

BJP alleged Congress has failed to give due respect to its allies.

"They (Congress) are unable to keep their alliance partners happy as they are not respecting their existing partners and even going to the extent of not consulting them for any major decision," she said.

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