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Manmohan following `tainted Ministers’ agenda, says Jaitley

Saturday 28 May 2005

Staff Reporter

PONDICHERRY: BJP general secretary Arun Jaitley on Friday said that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was following the agenda evolved by "tainted Ministers" in his Cabinet.

Addressing party workers here, Mr. Jaitley said the country had a "weak Prime Minister." The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, which usually registered strong protests against invoking Article 356, supported the dissolution of the Bihar Assembly and imposition of President’s rule there. This showed that the party was adopting double standards in its approach.

Mr. Jaitley said the dissolution of the Bihar Assembly within 79 days of the announcement of election results was an unprecedented development. Instead of giving time and opportunity to political parties to explore the possibility of formation of a government, the Centre dissolved the Assembly and prevented the Opposition from forming a ministry. This exposed the "intolerance and vindictiveness" of the UPA Government at the Centre.

The BJP will soon chalk out a strategy to oust the Rangasamy-led Congress Government in the Union Territory. "We will work for the establishment of a non-Congress government in Pondicherry," he said adding the party would focus on the lapses of the Government. "We will present an alternate vision for the people of Pondicherry."

BJP vice-president Venkiah Naidu, who released a booklet on the achievements of party legislator A.M. Krishnamoorthy, said the BJP was the focal point of Indian politics. He exhorted the workers to be prepared for the next Assembly polls.

Several party office-bearers including Sanjai Joshi, organising general secretary, P.P. Mukundan, regional in-charge, S. Tirunavukarasar, MP and in-charge of Pondicherry, Lalitha Kumaramangalam and Pondicherry unit president R. Kesavalu were present.

A batch of activists of the Pondicherry unit of the Shiv Sena headed by Rama Viswalingam joined the BJP.

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