26 October, 2020

Now, In The Direct Line Of Fire

Who needs an Opposition when you have friends in the Sangh attacking every move the PMO makes?

Jitender Gupta
Now, In The Direct Line Of Fire
The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) is well aware of the irony. Both Atal Behari Vajpayee and the PMO have been targeted by friends. As a Vajpayee aide points out, "The criticism is not so much from the Opposition as it is from the bjp’s friends." And this, he says, has hurt the prime minister no end. "If it was the Opposition, then Vajpayeeji could have taken them on. But what can he do when friends attack him?" he asks.

The PM’s aides do not deny the negative impact such criticism has on the functioning of the prime minister. Points out a PMO spokesperson: "These attacks are not very helpful as they tend to undermine the PM’s position, especially when he is already doing such a difficult balancing act keeping the nda together." According to a source close to Vajpayee, the PM was particularly upset at Singhal’s attack in Rajkot last month where he accused Vajpayee of being a "kamzor (weak) PM" and criticised him for not taking adequate steps to curb terrorism. Adds a PMO spokesperson, "The PM is a popular leader and enjoys a strong position within the nda....



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