BJP tells PM ask yourself -- 'Why am I in chair?'
New Delhi, July 7: Stating that a 'drift and complete policy paralysis' on the national horizon had cast a serious doubt about the ability of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to lead the nation, the BJP today said it was time for him to ask himself the question "why I am in the PM's chair?" Obliquely referring to the series of events that had taken place in the last few days, BJP Spokesman Arun Jaitley regretted that he UPA allies were extracting their pound of flesh while the PM was willing to 'kneel' to please every pressure group.
"The DMK wanted to stop the disinvestment of 10 per cent shares in Neyveli Lignite Corporation and the PM had halted entire disinvestment process. The Government has 'outsourced' its Nepal policy to the Communist Party of India (Marxist). The policy on terrorism is being sacrificed for the sake of vote bank politics and economic reforms were being compromised because of pressure from the Left parties and UPA allies. India's independent foreign policy is sacrificed after the Indo-US Nuclear deal," Mr Jaitley alleged.
He said when the UPA Government was formed everyone was worried about the emergence of 'extra constitutional centres of power' counting PM was one of the power centres. "Today regretfully, the PM has ceased to be a power centre and individual ministers set the agenda and PM complies", he said in a reference to the sacking of AIIMS Director P Venugopal by Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss.
Earlier, he said Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh set the agenda and the PM caved in and now Ramadoss set the agenda and the PM accepted it and Water Resources Minister Saifuddin Soz set the Narmada Agenda and the PM complied. Someone in the Congress set the agenda to weaken the Election Commission. Now even Ministers of State have started flexing their muscle against the government, he added.
Referring to Congress gunning for Dr Singh, Mr Jaitley said it is important to know if the PM is caving in because the Congress is refusing to back him? The leading newspapers in the country are asking the question if he should be there in PM's chair. "It is time for him to ask himself "why I am there?," he remarked.