Desertion by allies shows Congress has no capacity to keep coalition together: Venkaiah Naidu

HYDERABAD: Senior BJP leader M. Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday demanded Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s resignation on moral grounds as the UPA had been “deserted” by its allies, with the Congress becoming a “loner”.

Talking to reporters here after addressing the party’s Lok Sabha and Assembly nominees from Telangana region, he said almost all UPA constituents deserted it. The alliance was left with only the DMK and the NCP. “It shows that the Congress leadership has no capacity to keep the coalition together.”

Referring to the resignation of Health and Family Welfare Minister R. Anbumani and Minister of State for Railways R. Velu, he demanded Union Ministers Lalu Prasad and Ram Vilas Paswan to quit.

Black money

Mr. Naidu demanded steps to bring the black money of Indians deposited in secret bank accounts in foreign countries, including Swiss. The NDA if elected would bring back the money.

Addressing the candidates, he said the Third Front was a ‘mirage’ and demanded to know the stand of the TRS and the TDP if the Left supported the Congress after the elections.

He said no party was likely to get a majority in Andhra Pradesh.

‘Lotus will bloom’

Expressing confidence that the lotus would bloom in Telangana, he said the Telangana Rashtra Samiti had lost credibility, while the BJP was the only national party committed to carving out a separate State.

Former Minister Mathangi Narsaiah, wife of former MLA Venkataramana Reddy Ms. Mamata Reddy and N. Surender Rao, son of former Minister N. Yethiraja Rao joined the party.