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UPA-II all about scams, corruption: BJP

Last updated on: May 22, 2013 14:15 IST

UPA-II all about scams, corruption: BJP

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The Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday sought to paint a dismal picture of United Progressive Alliance-II holding it responsible for the economic gloom and failure to give the country leadership while accusing it of diminishing the role of the prime minister.

On the fourth anniversary of the UPA-II, BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley said they would limit their critique to the second innings of the Congress-led coalition which has witnessed "mindboggling" scams that hit the common man the hardest.

"The UPA-II has seen more corruption than the UPA-I. There have been mindboggling scams which were not seen by any previous government," Swaraj told a press conference here with Jaitley.

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Image: Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley


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'Manmohan is not the leader of his own party'

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Noting that coalition politics was the order of the day, Swaraj said such governments require "special leadership qualities".

"Manmohan Singh is the prime minister but neither a leader of the country nor the leader of his own party. Singh's colleagues sit with him in the Cabinet and look towards the UPA Chairperson (Sonia Gandhi) for directions. Such split leadership is the biggest failure of UPA," she said.

Echoing Swaraj, Jaitley said, "The UPA has devalued the prime minister's post. Singh's Cabinet colleagues look towards the UPA chairperson for policy directions and somewhere else for future leadership."

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Image: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh


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'We still have to decide a face'

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At the same time, the BJP leaders parried questions on Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's projection as the National Democratic Alliance Prime Ministerial candidate by a section within the party.

"Whether we will have a (prime ministerial) face or not and if we decide to have a face, who it will be, these issues would be decided by the BJP Parliamentary Board in consultation with NDA partners," Swaraj said.

Jaitley said that the UPA's fourth anniversary was being celebrated in an environment of "gloom, pessimism, cynicism and negativism".


Image: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi


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