Continuation of UPA government not in the country's interest: Naidu

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Panaji, Oct 18 (UNI) Continuation of the UPA government as the Centre was not in the interest of the nation with the Centre failing to hold the coalition partners in tact, particularly in the backdrop of the rift with the Left over the controversial Indo-US nuclear deal, said the BJP senior national leader M Venkaiah Naidu.

''The Congress cannot run a coalition government because it does not know how to meet commitments or concerns or conduct with the partners. On the other hand former Prime Minister ruled the country for five years while suitably dealing with 23 coalition partners without any hitch,'' he said.

Interacting with mediapersons here today before addressing the prominent workers of the party at Farmagudi in Ponda in South Goa in connection with the October 31 by-elections to Mormugao Parliamentary Constituency, Mr Naidu said, ''had some other person been the Prime Minister, he would have resigned over the nuclear deal imbroglio.'' ''Manmohan Singh is a lame duck Prime Minister has made the country a laughing stock as his government is marked with confusion, contradiction, compulsions and compromises,'' Mr Naidu said.

On one side, the Prime Minister is afraid of losing the chair and on the other, the Left is afraid of losing seats in coming elections to Lok Sabha. The government should have first taken Parliament into confidence before signing the nuclear deal in the US to avert this instability and mockery of democracy, he added.

''Can any government run like this? Communists are blindly against the US but they support whatever Russia or China does. The only thing that is common to both the parties is hatred the BJP despite having serious differences over myriad issues,'' he said.

Mid-term polls, he said, are imminent under these circumstances.

The only thing is choice of ''muhurat'' (time) for the elections for the convenience of the Congress and the Left in the near future, he said.

''The government cannot last longer. It can break anytime. It is only on a commercial break now like in the TV shows,'' Mr Naidu added.

In this connection he referred to contradictory statements on the nuclear issue by UPA Chairperson and the Prime Minister and said, ''Do not put the nation into confusion. State your stand clearly whether you have put the deal into cold storage or not.'' Maintaining that the UPA was an ''unholy alliance'' with none seeing eye to eye with one another, Mr Naidu said the BJP was maintaining good relations with all foreign country including the US.

''But, we do not like the clause that empowers the US to dispense with the supply of nuclear fuel in case India resorted to nuclear explosion. This clause amounts to surrendering the sovereignty of India and we strongly object to it,'' Mr Naidu added.

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