Manmohan lambastes BJP for questioning Congress’ moral right to govern

November 14th, 2007 - 2:29 am ICT by admin  
On Board PM’s special aircraft, Oct 18 (ANI): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday came down heavily on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for questioning him and his party’s moral right to be in power after the UPA government agreed to halt negotiations on the nuclear deal under the pressure of the Left Front.

During his return from South Africa, where he had participated in the tri-lateral IBSA Summit, Singh said, “The BJP is least qualified to talk about the moral right to govern.”

“Look at the holocaust that took place in Gujarat. It took place when (Leader of the Opposition) L K Advani was (Union) Home Minister…We all saw the massacre in Gujarat under the BJP,” he added, questioning, “So they did not think of their moral right to govern on that occasion?”

The Prime Minister also criticised the BJP for the 2001 “Agra fiasco” when the much -hyped talks between the then Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf failed.

Not in a mood to spare the BJP, Singh said, “We all know why the war in Kargil took place.”

“The infiltrators were coming in into our country and the Government in New Delhi was sleeping,” he added.

Singh said that he has not given up the hope on the successful culmination of the nuclear deal and said that there are ‘difficulties’.

‘We are in a coalition and we have to find a way out,” he said adding, “I have not given up the hope.”

Earlier, the BJP had demanded the resignation of the government and had said that the UPA government in a bid to remain in power succumbed to the Left’s pressure over the nuclear deal. (ANI)

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