30 Apr :Launching a frontal attack on BJP, Cong General Secretary Rahul Gandhi on Thursday criticised the saffron party's prime ministerial candidate L K Advani saying he was not a "strong" leader.
"For the first time they sent a minister to release terrorists. Then Home Minister (Advani) now says he was not aware of it. Does a strong leader talk like this?" Gandhi asked taking a dig the BJP leader.
Addressing an election rally in support of the party candidate Surendra Goel in Ghaziabad, who is pitted against BJP president Rajnath Singh, Gandhi said, "In such a situation, a strong leader would have said I am resigning."
The young Congress leader also said Advani was now claiming such things when the former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee "is not in a position to defend himself on the Kandhahar episode".
"Strong leader does talk about Jinnah in Pakistan," Gandhi said with sarcasm.Hailing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the Gandhi scion described him as a strong leader.
"When the Left parties put pressure on the government and said they would withdraw the support on nuclear deal, I met Manmohan Singh. He told me it was important for the future.
"'Governments come and go'…this is the characteristic of a strong leader," the Cong general secretary remarked.