Hyderabad, Apr 12 UNI | 4 months ago

Senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu today underscored the need for a stable government at the Centre after the elections under the able stewardship of Mr Narendra Modi to take effective decisions.

Addressing a press conference, Mr Naidu, who was on board an Air India plane, which made an emergency landing at Delhi airport following technical snag earlier in the day, said a stable government was the need of the hour, especially in view of 'Back door' policies of certain parties like the Congress which might try to destablise the government. He took exception to the Congress leaders raking up the issue of Mr Modi's marital status unable to digest the BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate's growing popularity.

Referring to revelations in a book authored by former media adviser to the Prime Minister Sanjay Baru, he charged that a 'helpless' Mr Manmohan Singh had surrendered before Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

Mr Naidu claimed that the ministers, including the finance minister, used to brief Ms Gandhi on various issues before they spoke to Mr Singh. In his typical style, Mr Naidu said, ' The prime minister presides and madam decides in the context of Mr Singh's helplessness.'

Mr Baru's book claimed that the prime minister was 'defanged' by the Congress leaders in the second term of the UPA. Reacting to the contents of the book, the PMO had accused the author of misusing a privileged position for commercial gain.

(Posted on 12-04-2014)