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Manmohan Singh gets it from Left, right and centre

Saturday, 4 January 2014 - 10:31am IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: DNA

The Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP)  slammed the Congress-led UPA government after prime minister Manmohan Singh said told the media on Friday that the AAP government should be given time to justify itself.

“After PM’s candid admission that after governing the country for ten long years, his government has failed in employment generation, controlling inflation and curbing corruption , the UPA and the Congress party has lost the moral right to govern the country,” said senior AAP leader Sanjay Singh.

On Singh’s jibe at Narendra Modi that it will be a disaster if the Gujarat chief minister becomes India’s PM, the AAP leader said, “It is a half-truth … rather it will be disastrous if the country is forced to choose between Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi as the prime minister.”

Singh’s attack on Modi earned him the ire of the Shiv Sena and the BJP who lambasted him for his comments. “If you talk about murders, then during your (PM’s) tenure itself, just some time back, what happened in Muzaffarnagar? What happened in different parts of Delhi after the killing of Indira Gandhi?” said Sena leader Sanjay Raut. BJP president Rajnath Singh, who claimed that the PM  admitted that his government has failed to control rising prices and corruption, also condemned the remarks.

The CPI(M) attacked Singh on corruption and for pursuing policies which have been “disastrous” for the people. “Most of the scams have emerged in the UPA-II regime and that is something they have to own up to (and accept) that this is what has happened,” senior CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury said, adding that the government should act against those found guilty in the scams “instead of shielding some of them as it is happening in the Adarsh case”.

Regarding the government’s economic policies, Yechury said, “The policies which UPA-II has pursued, which he (PM) has followed, are disastrous for the country. There have been policies which have imposed unprecedented burden on the people.”

JD(U) president Sharad Yadav said that Manmohan Singh’s replies to questions posed to him at the press conference were not convincing. He said the  country had actually “moved backwards” during the prime minister’s tenure of ten long years.

Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) ridiculed Singh’s hope of passing over the baton to Rahul, saying the question of anybody from Congress becoming PM does not exist. Akali leader Naresh Gujral said the Congress will not get even 100 seats. “There is no way this country will elect a Congress prime minister for a third time. We all know that the Congress is sinking,” he said.

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