Surajkund (Haryana): BJP leader LK Advani said on Friday that the Congress-led UPA government may not last till 2014 when the next Lok Sabha election is due.

Addressing the delegates at the BJP leadership meet here, he said he would have thought differently as late as 10-15 days ago despite the soaring cases of corruption involving the government.

"This government is now sick. It is in ICU (Intensive Care Unit)," Advani said.

"Suddenly, even Congress allies seem to be thinking that it will be good if the government goes."The former deputy Prime Minister added: "I am more or less certain that this government will not last till 2014. It is possible its life support will go away, there will be no ventilator."

Advani said he had told Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Nitin Gadkari that the party should start finalizing now its candidates for the next Lok Sabha election.

Advani recalled that he had seen all governments since India attained independence in 1947 from close quarters, initially as a journalist, later as a party activist, then as an MP.

"I have never seen a government like this. The present government's leadership is with Congress president Sonia Gandhi," he said, adding that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had "transferred" his powers to her.

"In 2009, when I called Manmohan Singh a weak Prime Minister, some people had said it was an uncharitable and unfair comment. “I regret that my comment has been proved right today. Now people agree with what I said."

UPA has forfeited mandate to govern

The BJP said that the Congress-led UPA government had forfeited the mandate to govern, adding that the BJP could give a new direction to the country.

"The nation is at the crossroads. The Congress-led UPA has clearly forfeited its mandate to govern," BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi said while moving the political resolution at the party's national council meeting in this town, bordering Delhi.

Time to give new direction to politics

Party chief Nitin Gadkari said, "It is time to give a new direction to the country's politics."Joshi targeted Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and demanded his resignation, saying he was responsible for faulty coal block allocations when he held the coal portfolio."The Prime Minister is directly responsible for these questionable allocations. He should resign," Joshi said.

Referring to the scams related to the 2010 Commonwealth Games and 2G spectrum allocation, Joshi said, "The silence of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on the corruption issue is astonishing."Joshi criticised the Congress for attacking the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), whose report has said that private players had a windfall gain of Rs. 1.85 lakh crore in the allocation of 142 coal blocks during 2004-2009, during the first term of the UPA.

"The CAG and PAC (Public Accounts Committee) are watchdogs of public money," he said.

The BJP resolution claimed the party would "restore the pride of the country" and "give relief to the suffering being endured by an insecure nation."

The resolution said that the recent killings of elected village heads (sarpanches) in Jammu and Kashmir were clear signs that terrorism was raising its ugly head again, in that state.

The party expressed concern over illegal migration of Bangladesh residents into Assam, the brazen attack on Amar Jawan Jyoti in Mumbai, and the communal riots in Uttar Pradesh in the past six months.

'UPA' govt of corrupt

Joshi claimed that the UPA was a "government of the corrupt, by the corrupt and for the corrupt". He said the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance from 1998-2004 provided the "best government" under Atal Behari Vajpayee, despite three years of drought, international sanctions post the Pokharan nuclear blast in 2008 and the 1999 Kargil war.

The BJP's political resolution also promised the carving out of a separate Telangana state from Andhra Pradesh, if the party was voted to power.

(Agencies)

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