Targeting the governments Lokpal fiasco in the Rajya Sabha,senior BJP leader LK Advani on Saturday charged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with conspiratorial silence and acquiescence on the issue,saying he opted for silence at a time when the country expected honest transparent leadership from him.
In a stinging New Year eve statement,he said Singhs government resorted to deceit while avoiding the vote in the upper house on the Lokpal Bill. It (UPA government) exhibited arrogance,ineptitude and deceit in equal measure in dealing with the demand for a strong,independent and effective Lokpal, he said.
I,for one,am not in the least bit surprised that the year 2011 ended with the UPA government literally fleeing from vote in the Rajya Sabha on its own version of the Lok Sabha Bill, he said. He said the fraud on democracy,which the nation witnessed on the night of December 29,was unprecedented.
Advani and Singh have crossed paths,especially in Parliament,on a number of occasions earlier. While Advani has called him the weakest Prime Minister ever,the latter has equally taken jibes at him. In his latest statement,Advani said he had never seen a government invite such ignominy upon itself because of virtual evaporation of responsibility on the part of the Prime Minister.
Advani said the spate of scams that the government found itself embroiled in has robbed it of its legitimacy to rule. He said the credibility of the government nosedived in direct proportion to the scale of the scandals,and Singh and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi were engaged in desperate acts of scapegoating trying to ensure bigger heads did not roll.