Describing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s remarks on his claim for a third term as “audaciously ambitious”, BJP Friday sought to suggest his remarks were either aimed at his “foes” in the party or to check the clamour for Rahul Gandhi as PM.
“Obviously Manmohan Singh, the reluctant politician has shown his true colours and has indicated he is audaciously ambitious. Whether his remarks are aimed at his foes in Congress or to put a question mark on Rahul Gandhi’s claim for the post of PM, for which a consistent chorus is going on within the Congress, is entirely the internal matter of Congress,” BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said.
The BJP asserted that the Congress has no chance to return to power for a third term and there will be a change in government after next elections. “The lacklustre, non-performing leadership of Manmohan Singh, involved in so many massive scams, some of which lead directly to his doorstep, is not what the people of the country want or deserve and that too for a third term. India certainly deserves better and Indians are waiting for the opportunity to make it happen,” the BJP spokesperson said.
The BJP, however, also dismissed suggestions that the change of guard after the next elections will happen in favour of a third front, as is being claimed by Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav.
“Third front is a history of Indian politics,” Prasad said, rejecting the speculation of a third front led by regional parties coming to the forefront as an alternative. He also took a dig at Mulayam, asking him to act over his apprehensions of Congress being a “cheat” and using CBI and I-T to manage majority for its survival.
“Mulayam Singh Yadav terms the Congress as a cheat that misuses CBI and Income Tax. Why doesn’t he part ways with Congress,” Prasad said.