President speech ‘bundle of promises’: BJP

June 4th, 2009 - 10:10 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party New Delhi, June 4 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Thursday described President Pratibha Patil’s address to the parliament unveiling the Congress-led government’s agenda as a “bundle of promises”.
“Hope the manifesto for the next five years released by the president does not remain on paper. As an opposition, we will play our role and ensure that it does not,” BJP’s deputy leader in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj said in her first press conference after being anointed to the post by Leader of Opposition L.K. Advani.

Advani, 81, effected a generational change in the party Wednesday when he named Swaraj as deputy leader and general secretary Arun Jaitley as leader of the opposition in the Rajya Sabha. Both are in their mid-fifties.

While Swaraj appreciated that the government was intending to make women’s reservation in elected bodies a reality, she said: “It is a challenge for the government to do so in the next 100 days as it claims.”

“But I hope now that we have a woman speaker (Meira Kumar), the bill will become law,” she said.

Asked if Meira Kumar should quit as a Congress member after becoming the speaker, Swaraj said: “Whether she resigns or not, she should forget that she is in the Congress.”

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