Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh’s reply to the confidence motion was drowned by the shouts of the opposition members. He submitted his speech to the Speaker to be kept on record. His reply was a no-holds-barred blistering attack on the Left and BJP parties.
Excerpts from PM’s address:
“Our friends in the Left Front should ponder over the company they are forced to keep because of miscalculations by their general secretary.”
“Our Left colleagues should tell us whether Mr L.K. Advani is acceptable to them as a prime ministerial candidate. Mr L.K. Advani should enlighten us if he will step aside as the prime ministerial candidate of the Opposition in favour of the choice of the UNPA. They should take the country into confidence on this important issue.”
“Mr Advani has chosen to use all manner of abusive objectives to describe my performance. He has described me as the weakest Prime Minister, a nikamma Prime Minister, and of having devalued the office of Prime Minister.”
“To fulfil his ambitions, he has made at least three attempts to topple our government. But on each occasion, his astrologers have misled him. This pattern, I am sure, will be repeated today. At his ripe old age, I do not expect Mr Advani to change his thinking. But for his sake and India’s sake, I urge him at least to change his astrologers so that he gets more accurate predictions of things to come.”
“Can our nation forgive a home minister who slept when the terrorists were knocking at the doors of our Parliament? Can our nation forgive a person who single-handedly provided the inspiration for the destruction of the Babri Masjid with all the terrible consequences that followed?”