‘Night watchman’-led Govt failed on every front: BJP


New Delhi (PTI): Main Opposition BJP on Wednesday hit out at the UPA Government, stating that it has brought the nation to a pass where Taliban is at India’s door-step, economy “dressed up” in numbers and internal security compromised for “vote-bank politics”.

Describing the government report card in the President’s Address to Parliament as the “Dhobi’s list of achievements,” BJP leader Arun Jaitley said Congress considered Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as a “night watchman” batsman when the nation needed a “decisive” leadership in the hour of crisis.

Participating in the debate on the Motion of Thanks to the President’s Address, Jaitely said the government is functioning in a manner “where the Prime Minister is not the natural leader either of the (UPA) alliance or the (Congress) party. This one weakness has plagued this government”.

He said Singh was made to play a stand-by Prime Minister till the “heir apparent of a preferred family” is ready to occupy the highest executive chair in the country.

Jaitley said the government is in self-denial when the “worse is yet to come”. The Taliban, which have no respect for boundaries, are at a five-hour motorable distance from Amritsar, he said.

The government is in a denial mode on economic front as well, he said. The UPA which inherited a booming economy from the NDA has left the nation in debt and is dressing up the growth figures of seven per cent, Jaitley said.


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