BJP invokes 'sarcasm, ridicule' against PM

With its criticism of Manmohan Singh being a "weak PM" failing to gather momentum over the last four years, the BJP Wednesday invoked the popular "sarcasm and ridicule" that has been targeted at the UPA to puncture the anniversary celebrations of the ruling alliance.

Singh, the main opposition party said, was responsible for the "gloom, pessimism, cynicism and negativism" prevailing in the country.

"It is the UPA's chairperson who is the last word on policy and not the Prime Minister. For the future, the party cadres look at the heir apparent of the Congress party's first family and not the Prime Minister,"

BJP invokes 'ridicule' of PM, silent on own leadership leader of opposition in the Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj, and her Rajya Sabha counterpart Arun Jaitley, said in a joint press statement.

"The Indian Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, is synonymous with indecision, inability and silence" and has become an object of unforeseen "sarcasm and ridicule", they said.

While they launched a broadside against the government's leadership, both BJP leaders skirted the leadership issue in the NDA and said "an appropriate decision will be taken at an appropriate time".

Swaraj stressed that the BJP Parliamentary Board will take a decision on "whether to project a leader" and "whom to project" in consultation with NDA partners. She also did not rule out BJP patriarch L K Advani's name from being under consideration saying "we have not ruled out anyone" because all potential names will be considered by the parliamentary board.

The BJP also patted its back as it pointed out how it had handed over a "booming economy" to the UPA in 2004 and blamed the "policy paralysis" of UPA-2 for "damage" to the country.

Highlighting unprecedented price rise, slowing investment, setback to employment generation, weakening rupee, setback to "the success stories such as telecom, power, national highways, rural roads, sea ports" among others during UPA-2, both leaders claimed that "the principal achievement of the UPA appears to be that it has completed four years in office. History will not judge the UPA government by the number of years in power. It will make a very harsh judgement due to the damage the UPA has inflicted on the country".

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