BJP questions hurry in naming Army chief

The BJP-led NDA, projected to come to power by exit polls, may review some of the decisions taken by the present UPA government, senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu said on Wednesday.

‘We will review some of the decisions that need to be reviewed. Some decisions which were taken after announcement of the elections and after the election code came into force, and those decisions which are politically motivated may be reviewed by the new government,’ Naidu told reporters here.

On the appointment of new Army chief, Naidu said that the government should have left the decision to the new government which would assume charge after 16 May.

‘They should have waited. Heavens are not going to fall. I am not going to make any comment on the issue because it is sensitive. I do not want to make any negative comment. On (May) 16th, results are going to be out and the new government is going to come. It is fair to give chance to the new government whichever manner they want to take decision,’ he said.

All senior and important leaders of BJP will meet on 17 April in Delhi and hold a review meeting vis-a-vis election results, he said.

According to Naidu, party president Rajnath Singh will talk to Narendra Modi on the issues to be discussed in the meeting.

‘The party will decide what role senior leaders like Advani will play in future,’ he said.

Taking a dig at prime minister Manmohan Singh, the BJP leader said though it was not established that Singh was corrupt, he allowed corruption to take place in his tenure.

‘When he took over the government from us in 2004, the GDP growth rate was 8.4 per cent. Now when he is stepping down the growth figures were reversed to 4.8 per cent. Though he is soft and straight forward, he gave chance for others to indulge in corrupt practices,’ Naidu alleged.

He claimed that NDA is set to get over 300 seats and form the government comfortably.

BJP would welcome other parties if they come and support NDA in national interest, he said, but hastened to add that it would not be at the cost of its poll allies.

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