BJP mocks PM's remarks on 'taking Congress' achievements to people'
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday ridiculed the statements made by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the All Indian Congress Committee (AICC) meet here, and said that it is their fear of miserably losing the 2014 general elections that is withholding them from naming Rahul Gandhi as the party's prime ministerial candidate.
BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the Congress Party has nothing to show as their achievements, contrary to what Manmohan Singh has claimed in his speech at the AICC meet.
"Congress has nothing to show as their achievements. The country is fed up of their corruptions, inflation, unemployment, insecurity, and the repeated incursion attempts by Pakistan and China. They don't have any answers to these things," he told media here today.
"Congress Party will witness a very miserable defeat. It is this fear that they are not able to make Rahul Gandhi as their PM candidate," he added.
Senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi, echoing similar sentiments, said that the Congress has not done anything for the people in the last ten years.
"We want to see what they have done in the past 10 years for which he is asking votes. I have doubts about his statement that the Congress Party has done a lot for the people. And if they have done something, they have miserably failed," he said.
He further took a jibe at the Congress for not announcing their prime ministerial nominee, and said: "To become PM, one needs a lot of qualities maybe they are still hunting for it."
BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu also blamed the Congress for not fulfilling their commitments, and charged them of betraying the nation and its people.
"And now it is too late for them. People have made up their mind to throw away the Congress Party," he added.
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asserted that the government should take its good work to the people in order to form the next government.
"We have to take the good work and achievement of our government to the people," he said.
He also said that the Congress had always worked towards bringing transparency.
"We are accused of not doing anything to control corruption, but I would say that we have worked towards bringing transparency like no one ever did We have committed mistakes, but we have always tried to learn from them," he added.
Sonia Gandhi at the AICC meet said that the decision taken by the party that Vice President Rahul Gandhi will be the poll panel head is final, and that the Congress was ready for the battle.
This meeting has been organized to strategize the party's move ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha election, and will also be deciding the role of Rahul Gandhi.
Earlier on Thursday, Senior Congress leader Janardhan Dwivedi said that there was a discussion on Rahul Gandhi as many felt he should be named the party's prime ministerial candidate, however president Sonia Gandhi intervened in between, saying that 'it is not the tradition of the Congress that just because some party has declared their candidate, doesn't mean we should too'.
(Posted on 17-01-2014)