"He said if Modi becomes a PM the country will be ruined. During his rule in Gujarat he made it a model state in terms of development. So the remark is laughable. What had happened in 2002 was tragic but when SIT and courts have given clean chit to Modi and hence the statement of PM is condemnable," said BJP president Rajnath Singh.
Rajnath Singh said the PM called the press conference to discuss his own non-performance.
"It is laughable to say UPA did better than the NDA [National Democratic Alliance led by BJP]. India had become a current account surplus country during NDA regime and growth rate was 8.4. The growth rate came down during UPA," said Singh.
He said if they have not been able to control corruption, inflation and could not create new employment opportunities as admitted by the PM, then how come they sit on the chair?
He said there was no corruption charge on BJP ministers or the PM during NDA rule.
In another press conference, BJP leader Arun Jaitley called the press conference of the PM a farce.
He said the PM's mind space on corruption is reducing. He said the PM had to admit failure on corruption control and voters will give a reply in polls.
Jaitley said Modi has won three polls in Gujarat and the PM's remarks lacked dignity of his office.
Manmohan Singh told a press conference earlier in the day: "It would be disastrous for the country to have Narendra Modi as Prime Minister."
He said Modi is "someone who has presided over a mass massacre."
He said he never believed he was a weak Prime Minister and historians will judge his tenure and then again attacked Modi saying that if strength means supervising the massacres on the streets of Ahmedabad then he does not need that strength.
The PM also ended his press conference saying what Modi is saying would not materialize.
--IBNS (Posted on 03-01-2014)