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published on April 27, 2008

Left too guilty of price hike: Advani

Pioneer News Service | Thiruvananthapuram

Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha LK Advani on Sunday said that the Left parties could not wash their hands off from the responsibility of the unprecedented hike in the prices of essential commodities.

“Inflation is the result of the failure of the Congress and its UPA allies to manage the economy. The Congress and the Left parties do not see eye to eye in issues relating to economy and foreign policy,” Advani told newspersons here.

Mismanagement of the economy, coupled with the diabolically opposite stand taken by the Congress and the Left parties on crucial issues, was the major factor responsible for the present situation, he added.

Dismissing the Left protests over price hike as mere ‘eye wash’, he pointed out that the Government could not survive a single day if the Left decided to withdraw its support.

When the NDA Government was in power for six years, inflation was under control mainly due to its efficient management of economy. Besides unity among the coalition partners, the NDA Government had also maintained good Centre-State relations, he added.

”Today the situation is totally different as the Centre is finding faults with the States for the price hike. This futile excise of finding scapegoats and blaming each other will not solve the problem,” he added.

To a question the senior leader said that the BJP did not believe in political untouchability and added that it was the Marxists which was practicing untouchability and ostracism. The BJP leader also said that when the party had even supported the candidature of CPI(M) leader Hiran Mukharjee for the post of President against Giani Zail Singh but he could not file his nomination owing to some technical problems in the electoral list and this was proof of the party’s stand on politics. He also said that India was still a powerful democratic country only because it had the universal acceptance of other beliefs and other religions and was a pluralistic society. He quoted the example of Bangladesh which had turned into an Islamic country after it had started off as a secular country after the independence.

When asked on the dynastic rule of the Congress and about the possibilities of Rahul Gandhi becoming the leader of the Congress during the elections, he replied that he does not prefer to pass this question. The BJP leader however said that the BJP did not believe in dynastic politics and added that no leader in the party had come up in that manner, including even Atalji who was the son of an ordinary schoolteacher in Gwalior.

Advani said the next Lok Sabha elections would be fought on the basis of performance of the previous NDA Government and the present UPA Government at the Centre. He also said that the people of the country would compare the six years of the NDA rule and four years of UPA rule during the next Lok Sabha polls. Advani said that the next Lok Sabha elections would take place only in 2009.

While inaugurating the party programme at Putherikandam Maidan here Advani said that the country was being attacked from all sides by enemies and that everyone should be on the guard against this. The veteran leader said that the UPA Government at the Centre has diluted the security measures and asserted that when the NDA returned to power it would implement more strict measures than POTA to prevent the terror activities in the country.

BJP State president PK Krishnadas presided over the function in which party State general secretaries MT Ramesh and AN Radhakrishnan spoke. BJP State vice president V Muraleedharan translated Advani’s speech. A large crowd was present in the programme which was also attended by the district leaders of the party including Sivankutty and Karamana Jayan.

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