In an informal chat with newsmen here, he said the Congress had faced setback after the general elections in 2004 and faced defeat in states like Bihar, Punjab, Uttaranchal and Uttar Pradesh. While the BJP was experiencing upswing, the Congress was on a 'down swing,' he jocularly remarked.
Mr Naidu charged that the Congress making all efforts to ensure that the election was postponed fearing defeat. He urged the Election Commission to complete the process as any delay would amount to 'unconstitutional and undemocratic.' Congress could at best postpone its defeat but not avoid the elections, he chided.
He took exception the remarks made by Congress leaders and others with regard to conferring 'Bharatratna' award to former Prime Minister A B Vajpayee and said his party leader L K Advani had only reminded the centre about conferring the award to such a great patriot who had over five decades of parliamentary experience behind him. There was nothing wrong in making such a recommendation as several eminent personalities including former Prime Minister Jawaharalal Nehru, C Rajagopalachari, and Sir M Visweswaraya were coferred with the title when they were alive.
When asked to comment on the efforts to form a third front, he said firstly the Communists should clarify whether they supported the Congress or not. If the third front was formed the BJP would be too happy to tackle with it, he added.