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Advani,the lonely,sends out a hint of disapproval

While congratulating all,regardless of party affiliation,also says decade beginning 2014 offers chance to make amends.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: April 8, 2014 5:53:13 pm

After Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi used the Independence Day stage to criticise Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and called for a public debate on governance with him,BJP patriarch L K Advani struck a note of caution against his party’s chief campaigner’s tactics suggesting that August 15 wasn’t a day for such an attack. And in remarks after unfurling the Tricolour at his residence,Advani wished the Prime Minister and his Cabinet.

“Today,I want to wish the entire nation a Happy Independence Day. When I say the entire nation,I don’t think some of them are my own and some are not. So I want to wish the Prime Minister and his entire Cabinet,all Chief Ministers all employees of state and central government and everyone on this occasion. I want this feeling to grow that we must realise that without criticising anyone this nation has unlimited potential,” Advani said.

His remark that everyone “must realise that without criticising anyone this nation has unlimited potential” has come to be seen as a disapproval of Modi’s tactics.

However,Advani referred to Prime Minister’s speech today and took a veiled dig at the Congress-led UPA government saying that “decade starting from 2014”,when Manmohan Singh’s second tenure ends,offers an opportunity to make amends.

Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj struck a discordant note charging Manmohan Singh with being “partisan” in his approach highlighting how he ignored non-Congress Prime Ministers and even Congress’s own Lal Bahadur Shastri while referring to the contribution of past PMs.

“Dr Manmohan Singh referred to four Prime Ministers who contributed to the making of India — all from Cong party. He forgot even Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri there. The contribution of Shri Morarji Desai and Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee has been no less,” Swaraj said in a series of tweets. This partisan approach does not go with the solemnity of this great occasion,” she said.

“The country had large expectations from the Prime Minister on his parting Independence Day speech which was full of hollow claims. (The) country would have (wished) that the PM express his stand on issues of national security,especially in the backdrop of Pakistan attacking Indian soldiers and China intruding into Indian territory,” BJP general secretary Rajiv Pratap Rudy said.

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