Kozhikode, Apr 1 UNI | 4 months ago

Congress Working Committee member and Defence Minister A K Antony today criticised BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi for his barb that AICC Chief Sonia Gandhi shielded two Italian marines allegedly involved in the killing two Indian fishermen off Kerala coast two years ago.

Talking at a 'Dilli Chalo' programme organised by the Calicut Press Club ahead of the general elections, he said by such a remark by Modi itself proved that he was unfit for the prime ministership.

At an election meet in Itanagar, Mr Modi had said the marines were able to leave the country on behest of Ms Gandhi.

Reiterating that no single party is expected to get absolute majority in the hustings this time, Mr Antony said would not make hollow claim on his party getting it either.

However, he opined that the Congress would be able to form government with the support of other parties, including the Left, to keep the communal forces at bay.

A situation would emerge with many regional parties and the Left offering support to the Congress to enable them to form government at the Centre, he said.

The Congress is the single largest party in the country and other parties should recognize this factor by extending cooperation to it, he said.

Even the BJP did not have presence in all the states in the country, he said.

Claiming the position of the Left is weakening in the country, he said they had committed a Himalayan blunder by withdrawing support to the first UPA government on nuclear issue.

He said the CPI (M) faced set backs when all of its alliance parties ignored them as far as Lok Sabha seat sharing was concerned.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhakam supremo J Jayalalithaa, whom the CPI (M) had pronounced as prime ministerial candidate, had shown door to them, he said.

(Posted on 01-04-2014)