Chandigarh, Dec 30 (IANS) Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Sunday ridiculed the Bharatiya Janata Party’s “desperate efforts” to promote ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ ahead of the Lok Sabha elections as a political stunt aimed at demeaning the Congress.
In a statement, the Chief Minister said the BJP was indulging in “cheap politics” against the Congress, which was riding a wave of success as manifest in its recent victories in several state elections.
Amarinder described the BJP’s attempt to use the movie, which seeks to project two-time Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as a weak and docile prime minister, as “not only childish but brazenly politically motivated”.
“The use of the movie’s recently released trailer by the BJP, which was tweeted from the party’s official twitter handle and promoted by many of its leaders on the social media, to criticize Dr Singh at this important political juncture in India’s journey clearly showed their desperation and frustration in the face of their imminent defeat in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections,” the Chief Minister said.
Lambasting the BJP for resorting to cheap politics to strengthen their electoral chances, Amarinder asked it to “accept the harsh reality that they had lost the support of the people”.
“Even the worst critics of Dr. Singh could not find fault with him and the BJP was merely using the movie, slated to release next month, as a pawn in a futile attempt to undermine the Congress in view of the upcoming parliamentary elections,” he added.
The Chief Minister said that Manmohan Singh was an internationally acclaimed economist and a visionary leader who had been elevated to be the country’s Prime Minister for 10 years (2004-2014) by the Congress party based on his abilities and capabilities.