New Delhi : Within hours of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s assertion that history will judge his legacy, the BJP retaliated that in a democracy the people pass their verdict immediately.
“The rout of the Congress party in the recent state assembly elections is a clear verdict of the people on the UPA’s ten year rule, and there is no doubt about the outcome of the 2014 general elections as well,” said senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley.
He found fault with the prime minister’s logic that the verdict of the 2009 elections has ”whitewashed” the stain of corruption in the first term of the UPA.”This logic would be used by the criminals to escape the judicial punishment for their crimes,” said Jaitley.
He said that the prime minister’s use of expressions about the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi had actually lowered the dignity of the prime minister’s office. “We have always maintained that right from 1947 no politician in India has been submitted to as much scrutiny as Modi, and he has emerged unscathed out of it, he will surely become the prime minister after the 2014 elections,” he added.
The BJP leader also stressed that after the prime minister’s admission that the government could not tame inflation, and the problems of unemployment and corruption had not been solved, there was nothing left to assess in terms of the UPA-2’s performance.
Jaitley did not believe that Singh’s retirement from the field did not take away the issue of the UPA-2 performance from the elections.
“The fact that even after ten years, Rahul Gandhi is considered as an untested leader speaks for itself. The BJP will contest the elections on the basis of its own leadership and programmes,” he added while stressing on the UPA’s failure.
He also mocked at the prime minister for considering that the nuclear deal with the UNited States of America was the high point of his tenure.” I would consider the bribing of the MPs for the vote that preceded the deal to be the low point, and the re-election in 2009 as the high point,” he added.