Saturday, September 01, 2012

BJP to fight Coalgate through Bofors era protests

Party's internal survey confirms anti-UPA sentiment

New Delhi: At the end of a week of stalling parliament demanding prime minister Manmohan Singh's resignation over the coal scam, BJP, the main opposition party, seemed more determined than ever to stick to its demand and continue to stall parliament next week as week, taking the protest to the streets and across the streets.

The party is enthused by the feed back it has got from an internal survey done among party workers and in some of the constituencies. “It is positive. There is an anti-UPA sentiment in the country,” said a party leader speaking on condition of anonymity.

It is based on this internal assessment that the party leaders have decided to pursue vigorously the protests. They feel that the protest can be sustained and they take inspiration from the Bofors scandal of the late 1980s, when the opposition made it an issue against the Rajiv Gandhi government two years before the 1989 Lok Sabha election. “Coalgate will be fought in the style of Bofors protests,” said the BJP leader.

Party spokesperson Shah Nawaz Husain hit out against the protest against Coalgate put up by Samajwadi Party's Mulayam Singh Yadav, the Left Front parties including the two Coomunist parties, the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) on the steps of Parliament House on Friday morning. “Both the SP and the communist parties are the B Team of the Congress,” he said.

He accused the Communist parties of keeping the UPA1 in power before breaking off on the India-US civil nuclear deal. Speaking of the SP, he said, “satta mein bhi rahenge aur vipaksh ka mazaa bhi chakenge (They will continue to be part of the ruling coalition and enjoy the luxury of protests as an opposition).”

Responding to the prime minister's statement that the BJP should wait till 2014, Husain said that the mandate for UPA was for governance and not for corruption.

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