BJP''s timing to go for Tiranga Yatra was not good: Shatrughan

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New Delhi, Jan 30 (PTI) Senior BJP leader ShatrughanSinha feels the timing of the party''s failed campaign to hoistthe national flag in Srinagar was not appropriate and that theadvice given by key ally JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar to desistfrom that was "valid".

The former Union Minister also felt that the partyshould reconsider the issue of continuance of Karnataka ChiefMinister B S Yeddyurappa who is facing charges ofirregularities.

In an interaction with PTI journalists, Sinha said theBJP has been able corner the government on major issues ofcorruption like those related to 2G spectrum allocation, CWGand Adarsh Housing Society and nothing should be done todilute that.

"When you have a potent issue like JPC into the 2Gspectrum scam in was not politically good time (togo for the Tiranga yatra) would have been better if ithad not happened now," said the actor-politician while givinghis "frank" views.

Asked whether he had given any advice to the partyleaders not to undertake the Ekta Yatra, he referred to the"valid" suggestion given by Nitish Kumar in this regard.

He said the party should continue the fight for JPCprobe into corruption cases with greater zeal in a focussedmanner and contended that the next two months would be crucialto determine which way things go.

Targeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, he said his"personal image" was saving him so far but his"ineffectiveness" was getting exposed.

"The Prime Minister is politically trapped and thereseems to be no escape route," he said.

Criticising the Prime Minister''s offer to appear beforeParliament''s Public Accounts Committee in 2G case, Sinha feltit was a clever tactic by Singh as he was aware the theCommittee did not have powers to call even an MP, leave alonethe Prime Minister.

Maintaining that the deficiencies in governance could beexposed only by a JPC and not the PAC which only deals withaccounts, the BJP MP said Singh cannot choose the forum whereto appear.

He said "February-March would be the deciding months" inthe Indian politics and "which side we are heading and whowill be leading us...anything can happen", he said.

Asked whether Nitish Kumar could emerge as the ''mostlikely choice'' of the opposition for the next PrimeMinisterial candidate, Sinha did not rule it out. (MORE) PTISNS SPG AKK

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