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PM competent, but without authority: NDA

Last updated on: March 09, 2005 17:12 IST

Opposition National Democratic Alliance on Wednesday lashed out at the Manmohan Singh government for the recent political happenings in Goa, Jharkhand and Bihar.

It also raised questions about the role of governors and the way issues concerning country's security were being handled.

The manner in which various issues are being handled is extremely worrisome and a matter of grave concern, Leader of the Opposition and senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Jaswant Singh said in the Rajya Sabha.

He was initiating a discussion on the motion of thanks to the President's address.

"There are several centres of power. It is really disturbing. We have a prime minister who has great competence without authority. We have authority but there is no competence," Singh said.

The political developments in Jharkhand, Goa and Bihar indicated there is a 'great erosion' of institutions, he said.

"If institutions are rendered inoperative or weak, we are guilty of very substantial and substantive wrong. It is saddening."

He regretted that a senior member of the Union cabinet was not aware of the political happenings in the country. "If they do not know what is happening, how will they do the right thing?" he asked.

The happenings in the last few weeks indicated there is no unity in the ruling United Progressive Alliance. The alliance was neither united nor progressive, he remarked.


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