It’s all stage-managed: Dr Swamy

via HK Correspondent published on March 25, 2006

CHENNAI: Janata Party President Dr Subramanian Swami has asked Congress President Sonia Gandhi to quit politics altogether in the backdrop of her fake resignation drama stage-managed for the media. In a statement released here on late Friday evening, Dr Swami, a former union minister for Law and Company Affairs pointed out that Sonia Gandhi could not contest any election to the parliament until she resigns from the chairpersonship of five more offices of profit including that of the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation. ” A leader given to a fit of panic reactions is unfit to lead,” Dr Swamy said in the statement.


The Janata Party president pointed out that with Gandhi resigning her Lok Sabha seat, she has made it morally obligatory for more than 35 Congress MPs who hold offices of profit to resign or alternatively make out that she has no party support.
“Her resignation is yet another proof of her disregard for Congress Party. As the party president she should have consulted the Congress working Committee instead of her novice children,” said Dr Swamy.  


Dr Swamy also pointed out many instances in the past  to drive home the fact that the Congress president has a history of panic reactions in face of challenges to her. “In March 1977, after the Janata Party was voted to power, Sonia Gandhi took her two then young children and rushed to the Italian Embassy to hide, thus abandoning her mother-in-law, the defeated Indira Gandhi. Thereafter Prime Minister Morarji Desai had to intervene to pacify a distraught Indira and re-unite the family,” said Dr Swamy who was a leading light of the Janata Party during the 1977 fight against intenal emergency.


He also said that immediately after the toppling of the NDA government in April 1999 by the Jayalalithaa led AIADMK, Sonia Gandhi rushed to the President of India to stake her claim. “She blandly told the then presidnet K R Narayanan that she had the support of 272 MPs in the Lok Sabha. She was apprehensive that someone else may become PM,” Dr Swamy who was the main architect of the toppling  said.


Dr Swamy also termed Sonia Gandhi’s decision to decline the post of the Prime Minister in 2004  as yet another panic reaction after it became clear to her that she suffered disqualification under the Citizenship Act. ”But the media in the country projected it as an act of

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