BJP was not impressed with the Prime Minister's address from the Red Fort with party general secretary Rajiv Pratap Rudy describing it as "again an outright disappointment". This was Singh's 10th speech from the Red Fort.

"The country had large expectations from the Prime Minister on his parting Independence Day speech which was full of hollow claims. Country would have the PM to express his stand on issues of national security, especially in the backdrop of Pakistan attacking Indian soldiers and China intruding into Indian territory," Rudy said.

Terming Singh's speech as lacklustre, Rudy said that he was silent also on the state of the economy "which stands devastated". The economist PM had not spoken on inflation, price rise and mis-governance, he added.

Making a sarcastic comment, the BJP leader said, "BJP would have been most shocked but the country would have been happy if Manmohan Singh had spoken on charges of corruption which the government is facing."

BJP parliamentary party chief LK Advani struck an optimistic note about the future. "India has unlimited potential for the future. This past decade which- as the Prime Minister said today- will get over in 2014. He has enumerated the achievements and the shortcomings of this decade. We should now be concerned about making the decade starting from 2014 an unprecedented one in India's history. We should give it the best performance we can," Advani said.

Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj took a dig at the Prime Minister for not mentioning the name of his immediate predecessor Atal Bihari Vajpayee while lauding the work of the earlier Prime Ministers.

"Dr Manmohan Singh referred to four Prime Ministers who contributed to the making of India- all from the Congress party. He forgot even Lal Bahadur Shastri there. The contribution of Morarji Desai and Atal Bihari Vajpayee has been no less. This partisan approach does not go with the solemnity of this great occasion," Swaraj said on Twitter.


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