Haveri, Karnataka, Apr 13 UNI | 4 months ago

BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi today said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was reduced to being a 'puppet' in the hands of AICC President Sonia Gandhi during the second half of the UPA regime.

Speaking at a public meeting here, ahead of April 17 Lok Sabha poll in Karnataka, he said, 'no good thing can be achieved if a Prime Minister has no independence.'

Referring to 201-page memoir called 'The Accidental PM: the making and unmaking of Manmohan Singh' by the Prime Minister's former media advisor Sanjaya Baru, Mr Modi said 'accident of any vehicle could kill few people, but an accident caused by a Prime Minister can cause major hazards to the entire nation.'

The BJP leader further said with the election heat on, Congress had begun fearing about his appearance. 'Congress is chanting Modi hatao slogan. This is an desperate attempt to change the voters' mind, but the Congress ploy will not work. The chant by the Congress will not work as people will never forget national issues,' he said.

Mr Modi said the Congress government's biggest let down was it failed in past ten years to fulfill its promise of bringing the prices down.

'The problem was that it spoke only about secularism, but never spoke about solving unemployment, eradicating poverty, fixing support prices to the farmers or referred to any basic problems pertaining to people. Can mere slogan of secularism solve all these problems,' he asked.

The BJP leader asked was it enough for a party to just delve on secularism and not do enough to solve problems like unemployment, rising price, uplift poor, houseless and welfare to the farmers. 'Congress failed to meet the basic needs of the people,' he alleged.

Saying that UPA met with little success to help the minority community with its 15 point programme, only a few of the promises were met. 'Some Muslim leader who met me, told how this programme failed,' he said.

Mr Modi expressed satisfaction over how the BJP was progressing during the current election campaign and expressed confidence of the party emerging 'very strong'.

(Posted on 13-04-2014)