New Delhi: Launching a strong attack on Opposition, Congress president Sonia Gandhi accused them of targeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the 2G scam and described him as a man of integrity and a person “100 per cent above board”.
She also attacked BJP for retaining BS Yeddyurappa as Karnataka chief minister and compared this decision with the Congress action in making Shashi Tharoor and Ashok Chavan resign from their posts in the wake of controversies.
Terming criticism of Singh as “absolutely shameful”, Gandhi said they should learn lessons from the results of the 2009 elections when the Prime Minister won and Opposition lost.
Gandhi reminded the BJP that it had to pay a heavy price of trying to “destroy the image” of Singh during the last Lok Sabha elections and said it should draw a “lesson” from that.
“It is shameful that the person of the Prime Minister’s integrity is being targeted,” Gandhi told reporters when asked to comment on the Opposition attack on Singh.
“Everybody knows the Prime Minister is 100% above board,” she said.
Sending out a message to BJP, Gandhi said it should learn the “lesson” of making it “point number one to destroy the image” of Singh in 2004. “What happened, they lost,” she said.
She was apparently referring to sustained campaign of the BJP against Singh in the run up to the last Lok Sabha elections.