Manmohan Singh has title, but no authority: Advani

March 14th, 2008 - 7:37 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Sonia Gandhi

New Delhi, March 14 (IANS) Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader L.K. Advani Friday rapped Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for not having “a contract” with the countrymen, and carrying “no authority”. “I pity Manmohan Singh. The fact is, although he is the Prime Minister of India, he has the title but no authority…. Instead of a contract with the people of India, he has a contract with just one individual, who is described by many people as the super prime minister,” Advani said here at the India Today Conclave 2008.

Advani, who spoke on “How the BJP’s leadership differs from that of the Congress”, termed Sonia Gandhi led Congress as a dynastic party, an observation that came on the day coincides with her completing 10 years as the party president Friday.

“The BJP is a democratic party, and the Congress is a dynastic party. There is a reservation policy for the top slot in the Congress. It is reserved in perpetuity for members of the Nehru family,” he said.

“How brazenly an entire party has been appropriated and made into a family fiefdom, and how slavishly the Congressmen have resigned themselves to this appropriation, is one of the sad developments in India’s political evolution.”

Advani, who went on listing a number of instances to bring home his point, emphatically spoke about the way the office of Prime Minister was being deliberately devalued.

“10, Janpath has become more important than 7, Race Course Road,” Advani said.

10, Janpath is the official residence of Sonia Gandhi, while 7, Race Course Road is the official residence of India’s Prime Minister.

Referring the imposition of Emergency in 1975 by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, Advani accused the Congress of “destroying” the basic structure of the Constitution.

Claiming that there were several contradictions in the Congress led United Progressive Alliance (UPA), Advani said that Manmohan Singh government was “singularly lacking in both cohesion and vision.”

“This is because there is no mutual trust, nor any commitment to a larger national goal. The UPA is nothing but an opportunistic alliance to keep the BJP out of power by raising the bogey of secularism,” Advani said, adding that the Congress was compromising with the country’s internal security.

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