Utpal Borpujari

April 28, 2009

Manmohan afraid of facing people: Sushma

By Utpal Borpujari in Bhopal

As the country moves towards the second phase of general elections, the BJP once again targeted Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, saying he was not fighting the Lok Sabha election as he was afraid of facing the people.

“Our leader L K Advani challenged him to fight the elections. In a democracy, power is with the people. If you are afraid of facing the people, how can the people trust you?” senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj said here on Monday.

Swaraj stressed that Singh had been the only prime minister who had completed his entire five-year tenure as a Rajya Sabha member. “All others who had become prime minister from the Rajya Sabha, had got themselves elected from the Lok Sabha at the first opportunity they got,” she said.

Swaraj alleged that the UPA government had failed to control price rise, thanks to the confusion between the prime minister in him and the economist in him. “There is a clash in his mind between his two roles. The economist Manmohan Singh does not dislike inflation because it is an indicator of economic growth. He has failed to come out of this duality,”  Swaraj said here on Monday. Careful to describe her comments as “not personal but on the “working style” of Singh, Swaraj said: “This is why the UPA government cannot control price rise even if it wants to do so.”

“This is a prime minister who does not dislike inflation. The sufferer has been the common man, and if a government that came to power riding on its promises to the common man cannot control price rise, why will the common man vote for it?” she asked. Swaraj defended Advani’s comment about Singh being a “weak PM”, saying it was not on the persona of the prime minister, but on his “working style”.

“It was a pure political comment. Advani invited him for a political debate, he rejected the offer. He invited Singh to fight elections, he refused,” she said.

Swaraj stressed that she was completely against the use of indecent language during election campaign. “Let’s have fierce debates on political issues and ideologies, without using indecent language. If we lose our decency, how will we sit together in Parliament,” she said.

(published in Deccan Herald, www.deccanherald.com, www.deccanheraldepaper.com, 21-04-2009)


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