Congress has lost will to fight 2014 polls: Jaitley

Last Updated: Mon, Jan 13, 2014 15:56 hrs

New Delhi: The Congress party has lost the will to effectively fight the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and is pushing itself out of the contest, senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley said Monday.

"The Congress has lost the will to effectively fight the 2014 elections. It is squeezing itself out of the contest. Further, with the result of the elections to the state assemblies declared, the UPA (United Progressive Alliance) government has evolved from being a lame duck to a dead duck," the senior BJP leader wrote on his blog.

The leader also pointed out that except for routine functioning of the government such as meetings, file clearance or approval of routine items at the weekly meetings of the union cabinet, the government has been completely paralysed.

"Even the arrogant responses and the exaggerated tweets of some of the ministers have disappeared. The blame game has started. Some union ministers privately refer to the non-political approach of the Prime Minister's Office and the others maintain a position of 'the boy (Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi) doesn't listen to anybody'," Jaitley said.

"Why is it that the Congressmen find themselves so demoralised today? Is it because they have been in power for too long and cannot survive without being in office," Jaitley asked, adding, tongue-in-cheek, that the Congress leadership is now planning life after May 2014.

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