Government in ICU for a long time: Advani

July 20th, 2008 - 3:31 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Manmohan Singh

New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) India’s political crisis is the ruling coalition’s own making and the Manmohan Singh government has been in the intensive care unit (ICU) for a long time, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L.K. Advani said Sunday. “It is true that Manmohan Singh’s government has plunged into a deep crisis - a crisis that is its own making,” Advani told a gathering of senior citizens at the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ficci).

“The government has been in ICU (intensive care unit) for a long time now. Whether it will survive or not will be known on the night of July 22,” the leader of opposition in the Lok Sabha added.

Advani’s remarks come a day ahead of the start of a two-day parliament session that will see a trust vote to decide the future of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government over the Indo-US civilian nuclear deal.

Advani told the audience that some of them may be disappointed that he did not make a political speech despite the political turmoil.

“I have deliberately kept politics out of my speech because whatever I have to say about the UPA government and its misrule I shall do so tomorrow in parliament,” he said.

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