New Delhi, July 1: Taking yet another dig at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, senior BJP leader L K Advani today said the Congress leader had wasted a good opportunity by not asserting himself on important issues during his recent interaction with editors.
Citing a recently published article by former IB official B Raman, Advani states- with a tinge of sarcasm- on his blog that Singh should have asserted himself on questions like Sonia Gandhi being the real power centre and he keeping the chair warm for her politician son Rahul.
He refers to Singh's decision to interact with the press as breaking his “maun vrat (vow of silence)”.
“Manmohan Singh's interaction with media persons on Wednesday (June 29) was one of his rare press conferences in seven years,” Advani said.
The senior BJP leader, who has targeted Prime Minister Singh several times in the past, insisted that at some point during his interaction with editors, he may have felt he should have asserted himself.
“It is quite likely that at some point of his conversation he may have... thumped the table to affirm that all this talk of corruption, drift in governance etc. was media propaganda,” Advani said on his blog.
He maintained that many people in the country must have “felt sad” that Singh had “totally ignored” the sage advice of coming into his own.
“Otherwise, Wednesday June 29 could have become an unforgettable turning point in the nation's history, and in Manmohan Singh's own political career.
Advani had earlier called Singh a weak PM which led the latter to recall the Kandahar terrorist swap. Another Advani comment on Singh not being aware of goings-on in his government and cabinet had prompted Singh to say that Advani, who was BJP's PM candidate in 2009 general elections, had never forgiven him as he could not occupy the top post. PTI