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Updated: August 20, 2012 02:49 IST

“UPA has lost moral authority to rule”

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Senior leader and Rajya Sabha Member Venkaiah Naidu addressing the media at the BJP office on Sunday. Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy
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Senior leader and Rajya Sabha Member Venkaiah Naidu addressing the media at the BJP office on Sunday. Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

The Bharatiya Janata Party on Sunday demanded that the UPA government resign immediately, in the wake of the Comptroller and Auditor-General’s report that it had caused a loss of Rs.1.86 lakh crore to the exchequer through non-transparent allocation of coal blocks.

“The government, which is already mired in a series of scams, has lost the moral authority to continue in power after the latest scam that has been exposed by the CAG,” Rajya Sabha MP M. Venkaiah Naidu told journalists here.

He accused the UPA of pushing the country into a situation where corruption and looting of the nation’s wealth had become unparalleled.

“Corruption, anarchy and price rise have reached their peak. It is unfortunate that the UPA is protecting looters and cheats rather than punishing them,” he alleged.

He said “corruption, lack of leadership and policy paralysis” were the three main reasons for the present condition of the country.

Mr. Naidu demanded that the Prime Minister and his colleagues immediately resign paving the way for fresh elections to the Lok Sabha. “The earlier the UPA government goes, the better for the people of the country,” he remarked while alleging that the “UPA government is becoming unpopular every single day and people are sad and angry with it.”

He said the Congress as well as the UPA would be routed in the next elections and the BJP-led NDA would come to power. “The BJP will emerge as the single largest party in the next Lok Sabha elections.”

Privilege motion

Taking serious exception to the Congress leaders launching a counter attack against a constitutionally appointed body like the CAG, for exposing the alleged irregularities, instead of trying to rectify their mistakes, he said the Opposition parties were considering moving a privilege motion when Parliament reassembles on Tuesday.

“We are concerned at the Prime Minister’s silence on the attack against the CAG and we are determined to take the government to task.”

Mr. Naidu alleged that the UPA did not know how to run a coalition government and the country’s federal structure was getting weakened. He said the country was facing a crisis in a series of sectors for the first time after Independence and blamed it on the ‘apathy’ of the UPA.

Problem is when "A strainer accuses a nidle for its hole" people only
laugh.The people know that NDA & UPA are both sides of same coin.But
they have no alternative also.We must understand that unless the 70% to
80% people who live below poverty line do not have the purchasing power
no amount of foreign or any other investment can help the country to
grow and none of these two alliances have that vision at all.Hence an
alternative is needed.In this respect our media can help the people.

from:  Swapan Kumar Nag
Posted on: Aug 20, 2012 at 21:35 IST

mr. naidu says correctly. for defeating the corrupt cong, the bjp
should be united. if the party has any internal problems, that must be
sorted out this year itself. all indian citizens wants the corrupt cong
to be shown the door for exit, in the year 2014. the situation should be
conducive for achieving this result. cong should not be allowed to
rule india further. there is no second thinking for anyone in this

from:  vivek iyer
Posted on: Aug 20, 2012 at 14:32 IST

Normally people use the term "morally" if certain action doesn't fit
into legal framework suggesting that moral and legal are two sides of
the same coin. Moral is very subtler in nature and can be practiced
only by people who have refined education (college education is not at
all refined). When the Prime Minister assumed responsibility he is
legally bound for honest, efficient, fair-to-all-people conductance of
government etc. etc. Otherwise why should we give him the VVIP status?
Governing a state is also a business and like all CEO's of Company the
PMs and CMs are legally accountable for the omissions and commissions
of their team members. It is human nature to enjoy all kind of
privileges but refuse to own blunders. A person who is morally bound
needs no external prompting to accept his mistake. It is also funny
that political leaders are talking about moral. If a common man of
India has listened extensively or studied Ramayana/Mahabharatham he
needs no other education.

from:  M.V.Rangaraajan
Posted on: Aug 20, 2012 at 08:59 IST

If UPA has lost the moral authority to rule India, so also the BJP has lost the moral authority to rule Karnataka, Mr.Naidu.

from:  P.Tauro
Posted on: Aug 20, 2012 at 07:36 IST

Let MR.venkaih naidu ensure they BJP fight the ensuring gneeral election and come to power,insteadof accusing congress as unfit to rule.FOr which, BJP and other likeminded non congress must unitedly fight the election to come bakc to [power,for a corrupless goverment. For which they have to project Mr.Narendra Modi, the best administration as the Future Prime Minister to enure that BJP comes successful.Mr.Advani, sushma swaraj also must form a strong association for ultimate success.

from:  Vvaidya
Posted on: Aug 20, 2012 at 03:29 IST

It applies to NDA too for all the reasons...

from:  Kunju
Posted on: Aug 19, 2012 at 23:58 IST
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