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PM Manmohan Singh's tenure a wasted opportunity: BJP

New Delhi: BJP Friday reacted angrily to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's attack on Narendra Modi, saying it was unfortunate as the party's PM candidate has come out unscathed after going through unprecedented legal scrutiny not
PTI January 04, 2014 9:33 IST
PTI
New Delhi: BJP Friday reacted angrily to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's attack on Narendra Modi, saying it was unfortunate as the party's PM candidate has come out unscathed after going through unprecedented legal scrutiny not experienced by any leader in independent India.

"Using such a phrase against Modi (that he will be disastrous for the country as premier) does not add to the dignity of the PM office... If the dirty tricks department of the Congress had used such language, it is understandable," Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley told reporters here.

He said using such phraseology was regrettable as besides Modi "no one else in India since 1947 has gone through such a scrutiny involving the Police, Supreme Court, an SIT probe ordered by the SC and a Commission of inquiry.."

Attacking Singh for not taking steps to curb inflation, corruption and not create employment oppotunities during his 10 years of Prime Ministership, Jaitley termed his tenure as a "wasted opportunity" and accused him of not providing any direction to a developing society like India.

He scoffed at the Prime Minister for his remarks that whatever corruption had happened was in UPA-I and after that the Congress has won the last Lok Sabha elections in 2009.

"The Prime Minister has manufactured a new logic. Electoral sanction to a corrupt government wipes out an allegation. First time, a Prime Minister has given such a logic....I feel sorry", he said.