PM weak, can’t speak up against corruption: Advani

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

KOLKATA - Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L.K. Advani Tuesday once again dubbed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as a “weak prime minister” and criticised him for his inability to stand up against corruption charges against the Congress-led central government.

“When I had said during the 2009 Lok Sabha election campaign that I have seen all the prime ministers since Jawaharlal Nehru but I feel pity for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh because I have never seen such a weak prime minister, many people said that I should not say this because many people feel bad about it,” said Advani while addressing a mammoth rally in Kolkata.

Earlier during 2009 Lok Sabha elections campaign, Advani as also some other BJP leaders had targeted Manmohan Singh and repeatedly called him the weakest prime minister India has had.

But the strategy backfired as the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) faced lost to the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) spearheaded by the Congress, which regained power with a handsome majority.

“At that time (2009) I had said that being a good person is fine. But if a good person is weak and he becomes prime minister then he can never stand up against corruption charges and scams. In last few months, my words have been proved true. The Supreme Court has several times scolded the government,” said Advani.

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