Pranab Says One Needn’t Be A Wrestler, Loud-mouthed to Be PM
Latest in the verbal duel between BJP and Congress, foreign minister Pranab Mukherjee has rubbished BJP leader LK Advani’s remark describing Manmohan Singh as “weak” prime minister. Mukherjee said a person need not be a wrestler to become a PM.
“One need not be a wrestler or flex muscle to hold the post of Prime Minister. It also does not require for a person to use strong words to become a PM,” Mukherjee told a meet-the-press programme at the Press Club in Kolkata.
Criticizing previous NDA government, he said that after the attack on Parliament, NDA government had talked about hot pursuit and amassed troops on the Indo-Pak border but nothing came of it.
Mukherjee said that after the Mumbai terrorist strike, the UPA government had been able to mobilise global opinion against Pakistan and Pakistan foreign minister also admitted that those responsible for Mumbai attack were from Pakistan.
To the BJP’s statement that it would not re-negotiate the civil-nuclear deal if it came to power, Mukherjee replied, “It is fine. Good sense has prevailed on them.”