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May 22, 2013 at 02:04pm IST

BJP calls UPA II a complete failure, asks why it is celebrating

New Delhi: As the UPA II completes four years and is set to release its report card at its celebration dinner on Wednesday evening, the Bharatiya Janata Party has questioned as to what is the celebration for. Attacking the UPA government over a range of issues, the BJP said the UPA government has failed on all fronts.

BJP leader Sushma Swaraj began by attacking the UPA over the lack of leadership qualities in Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. "Coalitions need special leadership, someone who is a leader. Manmohan Singh is a Prime Minister, not a leader. He is neither the leader of his party nor the leader of this country. The biggest failure of UPA has been that it has not been able to give a capable leadership," Sushma Swaraj said.

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Attacking the UPA over weak decision making and scams, Sushma said, "The economic environment is worrying and no decisions are being taken. No government's rule has seen this level of corruption, price rise."

She went on to attack the UPA over its diplomatic ties citing the Chinese incursion issue and the issue of Tamils in Sri Lanka. "The China issue took so much time to get resolved. It got resolved because of the Chinese Premier's visit, else it would have taken a longer period," Sushma said.

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Adding to Sushma's statements, BJP leader Arun Jaitley also hit out at Manmohan Singh saying, "Never has this happened in the history that the role of the Prime Minister has been so diminutive. It's as if there is no political role for the Prime Minister at all. We've never see the Prime Minister as a target of sarcasm and humour."

Alleging once again that the UPA has misused the CBI against allies, Jaitley said, "This government has only one accomplishment that it has ruled for four years by misusing the CBI. Had it not misused CBI against allies, it would not have completed four years."

The two leaders, however, refused to take questions on Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi when asked about him being the face of the BJP in the Lok Sabha polls. "The Parliamentary board will decide who will be the face of the party at an appropriate time. There will be consultations with the NDA constituents," Sushma Swaraj said.

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