Vajpayee Flays Manmohan For Unbecoming Conduct

New Delhi, Aug 26 | Updated: Aug 27 2004, 05:30am hrs
Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee criticised Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for being impolite and his unbecoming conduct towards a delegation of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). Mr Vajpayee asked the government to build bridges with the Opposition during Parliaments inter-session recess.

Addressing a press conference after a 90-minute long meeting of the NDA parliamentary group, he deeply regretted that Opposition members had to stay away from Parliament on Thursday with much reluctance in protest against Dr Singhs refusal to accept a memorandum from NDA leaders on Wednesday.

He (Dr Singh) has certainly not set a good example by being impolite with the NDA delegation and not showing the basic courtesy of receiving their memorandum, said Mr Vajpayee, flanked by NDA convenor George Fernandes, leaders of Opposition in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, L K Advani and Jaswant Singh.

Pointing out that the Prime Minister had only the other day exhorted the political class about the code of conduct, Mr Vajpayee said, I have regard for Dr Singh as a person but he does not seem to be aware of the unwritten code of political conduct that should guide the interaction between the Prime Minister and senior leaders of Opposition.

I urge the government to utilise the period between the present and the next session of Parliament to engage the Opposition parties in a constructive dialogue. Let both the government and oppostion shoulder their respective responsiblities to ensure that the next session of Parliament becomes more productive, he said in a statement.