Country needs realist PM, not economist, says Rajnath

Attacking Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the price rise and the downturn in economy, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Rajnath Singh on Friday said the country needs a realist and not an economist Prime Minister.Calling for a credible and tested government that should be free of corruption, the BJP chief said only a leadership which has vision and also firm conviction can make India vibrant and an economic power in the world. 'I did not find that conviction and confidence in the Prime Minister's speech today,' said Singh.

He held the Congress-led UPA government responsible for the fall in India's credibility on all fronts at the international level.'If you really want to make this country a vibrant India, an economic power, if we wish to enhance its stature and credibility at international level, there should be such a leadership which has a vision and also firm conviction. Only that person can make a vibrant India and an economic power in the world,' said Singh while addressing a programme organised by Assocham.

Criticising the prime minister, the BJP president said that though the prime minister is a very big economist, but it is not enough as the country needs a realist.' Atal Behari Vajpayee was not an economist, but was a realist he understood the ground realities well,' said the BJP president.Accusing the Prime Minister of failing to rein in prices and the slowdown in country's economy, the BJP chief said Singh lacks the confidence and conviction that is required to meet these challenges.

'The confidence when this government was formed was to such an extent that when prices started rising, the Prime Minister first said we will control them within 100 days, then he said within six months and then he stopped talking at all and left everything on God,' said the BJP president.
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