‘Congress bungled the entire issue as it looked at it from political angle and nothing else by coming to an understanding with TRS and YSRC’

The BJP has accused the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) coalition of suffering from inaction and indecisiveness on core issues that resulted in ‘policy paralysis’ and said people were waiting for an opportunity to bring back the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to power as it alone can ensure holistic and integrated development.

Senior party leader M. Venkaiah Naidu said the Congress and its ‘Leftist supporters’ were rattled by the overwhelming response to the rallies addressed by party’s prime ministerial choice Narendra Modi and were making irresponsible, statements on his candidature. Congress leaders were so frustrated with the response that they were diverting the attention from core issues such as corruption, price rise, economic inequalities and regional disparities besides widening trade, current account and fiscal deficits.

He challenged the Congress and the other parties for a debate on the welfare and development measures during the Vajpayee regime that gave the people ‘taste of development’ and they were looking at Mr. Modi as a leader who could restore the confidence levels.

As the election season had set in, the BJP would come out with an integrated development agenda covering all the left out and deprived sections with top priority to sections that had been neglected during the Congress regime.

He ridiculed the claims of Congress leaders that Mr. Modi’s victory would signal an end to the democratic process claiming that it was the Congress that had imposed emergency, press censorship and other ‘anti-people’ measures. He evaded a direct reply when asked whether the forthcoming elections would take place in unified State or two States. “It is for the Congress to reply,” he said.

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