BJP wants PM to go, predicts early elections

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    Surajkund (Haryana), Sep 28 (IANS) The BJP Friday demanded Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s resignation and said the 2014 Lok Sabha election could be held early if his government falls.

    The main opposition party struck a belligerent note as it concluded a three-day session of its national executive and national council attended by some 1,200 delegates from around the country.

    The Bharatiya Janata Party said the prime minister needed to go over the irregularities in coal block allocations.

    BJP leader Murli Manmohan Singh said Manmohan Singh, as then coal minister, was “directly responsible for these questionable allocations. He should resign”.

    BJP president Nitin Gadkari said he was confident the party would form the next central government.

    “It is time to give a new direction to the country’s politics,” Gadkari said in this town adjoining Delhi.

    It was party veteran L.K. Advani who warned that the Congress-led UPA government could fall.

    “(I am) more or less certain the government will not last till 2014,” he said. “It is in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit), and it is possible its life support will go away, there will be no ventilator.”

    According to Advani, some Congress allies seemed to feel “that it will be good if the government goes”.

    He suggested that BJP, which has been out of power nationally since 2004, should start finalising its Lok Sabha candidates from now.

    Advani accused Manmohan Singh of giving away the powers of prime minister to Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

    He said his 2009 remark that Manmohan Singh was a weak PM had been proved right today. “Now people agree with what I said.”

    But he had a word of caution for the BJP.

    Alleging that the Congress wants to prove that all political parties were corrupt, Advani said: “If the BJP is in power, there should be no corruption.”

    He asked the party leaders to speak in one voice.

    Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi launched a sharp attack on the UPA government, accusing Manmohan Singh of working for “foreigners”.

    “In eight years, you have become Singham (lion) twice, once when there was the nuclear treaty with the US and the second on the FDI issue,” Modi said.

    “Both benefit foreigners. Why doesn’t he become a Singham for India?”

    Modi also attacked Sonia Gandhi, saying she was involved in every scam in the country.

    The BJP promised to carve out a Telangana state out of Andhra Pradesh if it got to rule India.

    The economic resolution rejected FDI in multi-brand retail.