Manmohan Singh a 'misfit' as Prime Minister, says BJP

Last Updated: Sun, May 12, 2013 12:20 hrs

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Prakash Javadekar termed Manmohan Singh as a 'misfit' for the office of Prime Minister, and called for his resignation.

Javadekar was commentin on the demonstration taken to the residence of the Prime Minister at 7 Race Course road this morning.

"The Prime minister who prides himself to be the economist, the economist prime minister has failed not only in managing the economy, but he has failed to tame the corruption and he has presided over the most corrupt government since independence," said Javadekar.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) called for a nationwide campaign against the ruling Congress in the wake of recent allegations of corruption.

Former Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal as well as Former Law minister Ashwani Kumar tendered their resignations from the cabinet in New Delhi on Friday.

Bansal was expected to step down after police arrested his nephew on suspicion of accepting a bribe in a case that was seen as embarrassing to the Congress party-led government, which has been battered by a series of corruption scandals.

Kumar's departure comes days after the Supreme Court said the government substantially changed a report by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into alleged irregularities in the awarding of mining rights potentially worth billions of dollars to private companies.

The scandals have dented the image of Manmohan Singh.

The main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has also demanded Singh's resignation, but stopped short of calling a no-confidence motion in parliament to bring down the government.

However, the opposition clamour for the resignations proved so disruptive that parliament was adjourned on Wednesday until further notice, two days ahead of its scheduled close, as it became impossible to carry out meaningful legislative business.

The government has had to postpone economic legislation and a flagship programme to give cheap food to 70 percent of the population.

Meanwhile, the spokesperson of BJP, Prakash Javadekar also addressed the media in Srinagar, and accused the government and the called the Prime Minister a misfit ruler.

The so-called Coalgate scandal emerged last August with the release of a report by the CAG that questioned the lack of transparency and undervaluing in the award of potentially valuable concessions.

But it was quickly eclipsed by Singh's launch of investor-friendly economic reforms on September 14 that shifted the narrative of a government in crisis to a government in overdrive to win back foreign investors.

Despite the seemingly endless stream of corruption scandals and setbacks, the Congress party is still hopeful of winning a third term in office.

The BJP too is in disarray and has lost control of four state governments in the past year - most recently its only southern stronghold Karnataka - where Congress swept to victory on May 8. (ANI)

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