“We feel that it will be disastrous for the country if the countrymen are forced to choose between Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister,” said AAP.

The Prime Minister’s claim that signing the Indo-US nuclear was the high-point of his tenure has irked the Left parties, while the Aam Aadmi Party said he has left the country with two disasters – Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi.

In his press conference here on Friday, the Prime Minister had said that though he had not reflected on the low moments in his tenure, the best moment was when the Government was able to strike a nuclear deal with the US.

The CPI(M) said the deal was a dud for India.

“The deal has proved to be a dud for India. We gave away too much,” CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat told Business Line.

The Prime Minister said that the Government had intervened in the issue of Sri Lankan Tamils. He claimed that the Centre had raised the plight of Indian fishermen with the Sri Lankan authorities. Both the DMK and the AIADMK had been opposing the Centre’s stand on Sri Lanka.

PM on AAP

The Prime Minister had said that the people’s verdict in Delhi needed to be respected.

“The people of India have reposed confidence in the AAP party in Delhi. I think we must respect the democratic process,” he said and added that only time will tell whether the AAP experiment is capable of dealing with the challenges that our economy and polity faces. “It is too early, less than a week. They must be given time and chance to justify themselves,” he said.

The AAP said after Prime Minister's candid admission that his government has failed on fronts of employment generation, controlling inflation and curbing corruption, the Congress lost the moral right to govern the country.

“The Prime Minister has said that it will be disastrous for the country if Narendra Modi takes over as the Prime Minister. It’s a half truth. We feel that it will be disastrous for the country if the countrymen are forced to choose between Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister,” the party said in a statement.

jigeesh.am@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on January 3, 2014)
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