Addressing a rally in Ranchi on Sunday, Singh said: "Lokpal Bill has passed, and Rahul Gandhi says he did it. But the credit should go to Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Anna Hazare.”

"It was Vajpayee, who stood for Lokpal Bill in the House," he said in the presence of BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

The BJP chief claimed that prices of commodities were under check during Vajpayee regime despite sanctions due to nuclear tests and Kargil war.

"Now Prime Minister Manmohan Singh says, he doesn’t have a magic wand to control prices. If that is so, he should go to Vajpayee," Singh said.

"The Prime Minister has also said that Naxalism is a threat to internal security. I would like to ask him what solution has he brought about to control it?" he asked.

Appealing to Maoists to return to the mainstream, he reached out the ultras saying, "A bullet takes a person’s life while a vote breaths life in the (democratic) system."

On the political instability in Jharkhand that witnessed nine governments in 13 years, Singh pitched for increase in the House strength to bring stability.

"It was the Arjun Munda government which had passed a resolution in the House to make it a 150-member house from its present strength of 81 elected members and sent it to the Centre, but the Centre is sitting on it," he said.

Slamming the Hemant Soren-led government in Jharkhand, the BJP President said the Congress has appointed a ‘super CM’ in the state.

"In appointing (Jairam Ramesh) the head of Jharkhand Coordination Committee, the Congress has given a super CM to the state," Singh alleged.

"The government in Delhi has not only indulged in corruption, but also shook governments in Jharkhand resulting (in the formation of) many governments," he said.

"From a debt of only Rs 6,000 at the time of the creation of the state, the figure has now reached Rs 34,000 crore," he said.

(Agencies)

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