Mumbai, Sep 4: Expressing confidence of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s victory in the 2014 general elections, party chief Rajnath Singh on Saturday alleged that the Congress-led UPA II Government has failed on both economic and diplomatic front.
“Seeing the mood of the nation, the BJP will form the government in 2014. The government has failed on both economic and diplomatic front,” he told media here.
Singh said there are no differences with party stalwart Lal Krishna Advani.
“There are no differences with Advaniji. He was and will remain active in the party,” said Singh, while ruling out reports of Advani being upset over Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s anointment as the party’s prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
“The RSS has never put pressure on us or intervened in our work. I don’t know why such rumours do the rounds,” he added.
Singh also challenged the ruling Congress Party to declare its prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 elections.
The BJP President earlier in the day said that it was only the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) that managed the country’s economy well when it was in power.
“I can say confidently that in the history of independent India, that it was only the Bharatiya Janata Party, when in power, and not the current Congress Party who could stabilize the country’s economy and help it grow. No other party has ever done it,” he said.
Lauding the NDA, Singh said that people trusted the BJP and its governance during its regime
“When the NDA was in power, we helped the country grow economically and took it to greater heights. Every economy analyst at that point in time thought that if the economy would go that smoothly, India would become an economically strong country in the world by 2020. People trusted us and our governance,” he added.
BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad met Advani at the latter’s residence in New Delhi earlier this evening, and said that the party stalwart is not angry.
“Advaniji is not angry, everything is ok. Reports of a rift are incorrect, these are baseless rumours. Advaniji’s support is always with the party We all respect him, he is an integral part of the BJP,” Prasad told media after the meeting.
Senior BJP leaders, including Sushma Swaraj and Ananth Kumar, met Advani at his residence here this morning apparently in a bid to pacify the veteran leader, who was opposed to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s elevation as the prime ministerial candidate.
Swaraj after the meeting said no one is upset with announcement of Modi for the top post.
“Everything is positive, nobody is upset,” she said.
Modi, who was yesterday named the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, met Advani soon after his elevation.
There was, however, no official word from him after the meeting.
The Modi-for-PM announcement came after a meeting of the BJP’s parliamentary board here last evening.
The announcement was made by the BJP President after a meeting of the parliamentary board, which was skipped by Advani.
Soon after the announcement, Modi thanked his party’s central leadership for giving him such an important responsibility, and expressed confidence that the BJP would emerge victorious in the next general elections.
Modi assured his party workers and supporters that he would leave no stone unturned in ensuring that the BJP emerges victorious in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
Several attempts had earlier been made by senior leaders to convince Advani, who had resigned from all party posts when Modi was appointed the election campaign committee chief in Goa earlier this year. (ANI)