Surajkund (Haryana): BJP leader L.K. Advani said Friday that the Congress-led UPA government may not last till 2014 when the next Lok Sabha election is due.
Addressing the delegates at the BJP leadership meet here, he said he would have thought differently as late as 10-15 days ago despite the soaring cases of corruption involving the government.
“This government is now sick. It is in ICU (Intensive Care Unit),” Advani said.
“Suddenly, even Congress allies seem to be thinking that it will be good if the government goes.”
The former deputy prime minister added: “I am more or less certain that this government will not last till 2014. It is possible its life support will go away, there will be no ventilator.”
Advani said he had told Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Nitin Gadkari that the party should start finalizing now its candidates for the next Lok Sabha election.
Advani recalled that he had seen all governments since India attained independence in 1947 from close quarters, initially as a journalist, later as a party activist, then as an MP.
“I have never seen a government like this. The present government’s leadership is with Congress president Sonia Gandhi,” he said, adding that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had “transferred” his powers to her.
“In 2009, when I called Manmohan Singh a weak prime minister, some people had said it was an uncharitable and unfair comment.
“I regret that my comment has been proved right today. Now people agree with what I said.”