New Delhi: In a press statement BJP National spokesman Ravi Shankar Parsad said today that in the last fortnight evidence with alarming regularity is appearing that all the allies of the Congress are leaving the UPA one after the other because the UPA and the Congress is a sinking ship. After Mulayam Singh Yadav (SP), Laloo Prasad (RJD), Ram Vilas Paswan (LJP) and Dr. A. Ramdoss (PMK) it is now the turn of Sharad Pawar (NCP) to desert the Congress and the badly fragmented UPA. The NCP has already declared that Dr. Manmohan Singh is the Prime Ministerial candidate of the Congress only and not of the UPA and now, to rub salt in spite of being supposedly a key constituent of the UPA; Mr. Pawar is going to attend a third front rally with CPM and BJD in Orissa. It is evident that all the UPA allies so called are fighting among themselves and they realise to their dismay that keeping company with Congress would spell disaster. They or, the uncertain third front cannot be expected to give any stable government for the country. This is possible only by a resurgent NDA under the time tested unquestioned leadership of L. K. Advani.
Not only are the allies deserting the Congress but even the permanent no. 2 and trouble shooter of Congress Pranab Babu is also sulking. He has publicly commented that he is not able to get top post of the Prime Minister because among other things Dr. Manmohan Singh is a “Superior Intellectual Person” who enjoys the backing of Smt. Sonia Gandhi. This is a very loaded comment from a senior political leader of Congress, who has handled all the crucial departments with a Ministerial record of nearly forty years. Obviously, there is a great sense of unease even among Congress leaders about the patent lack of leadership qualities of Dr. Singh, “the supposed leader” of more than one billion Indian people. The comment of Mukherjee only reinforces, what the BJP has been saying that Dr. Singh is in office but not in authority Ravi Shankar said.