Congress hits out at BJP for its "sad PM" remark

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New Delhi, Oct 24 (UNI) The Congress today strongly reacted to the BJP describing Dr Manmohan Singh as a ''sad Prime Minister,'' and said it was BJP leaders A B Vajpayee and L K Advani who were ''sad and defeated'' even whether in power or not.

''It was Mr Vajapyee who was a sad and defeated Prime Minister and not Dr Singh who has led the country with great distinction with nine per cent economic growth," AICC Spokesperson Jayanthi Natarajan told mediapersons, while pointing out that Dr Singh was a succesful, dynamic, and repected Prime Minister and the nation would bear witness to that effect.

Asserting that the Congress and the UPA allies would stand like a rock behind the Prime Minister, she said the Party rejected with contempt the ''vitriolic and highly unjustified attack'' made by BJP Spokesman Arun Jaitley against Dr Singh.

Referring to the differences within the ruling UPA coalition on the Indo-US nuclear deal, Mr Jaitley said yesterday that the country needed to ponder if a ''sad man'' like Dr Singh could lead a resurgent India.

''The vicious and petulant outburst is not only demonstrably false-but represents nothing more than an expression of the deep frustration and ideological and intellectual bankruptcy of the BJP, which, even after three years is unable to reconcile itself to the loss of power,'' Ms Natarajan said.

''The BJP would do well to reflect on their own leadership crisis now and the utter shambles which the party finds itself in,'' she said, highlighting the differences between Mr Vajpayee and Mr Advani and intense groupism in the saffron party.

In this context, she cited the threat of Mr Vajpayee to resign from the Prime Ministership in 2001 following the failure of the Agra summit and the ''botched up'' Naga ceasefire and his inability to function ''in a coherent and disciplined manner.'' She said the BJP cadres often eulogised Mr Advani as ''Loh Purush,'' but many of his utterances and action had made him ''Low Purush.'' ''The vicious and unwarranted attack on Dr Singh is an evidence of diabolical machinations on the part of the BJP to somehow destablise the office of the Prime Minister and achieve by underhand means what they have failed to achieve directly,'' she said, adding that ''they will not succeed in their nefarious designs.'' UNI

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