Bhopal: Claiming that the BJP ruled states in
the Hindi-belt have started shedding their BIMARU (backward)
tag, BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani on Wednesday said his party would
also lift Uttar Pradesh "out of penury" if voted to power.
"We have been telling the people of Uttar Pradesh that
if they give us a chance then we will strive to bring the
northern state out of the BIMARU tag as happening with Madhya
Pradesh, Bihar and other states in Hindi belt where we are in
power," Advani said.
He was addressing a felicitation function of former
Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kailash Joshi for completing 50
years in active politics.
Advani arrived here from Udupi in Karnataka after
offering his condolence to the family of higher education
minister V S Acharya, who passed away yesterday.
BJP chief Nitin Gadkari could not attend the function
due to illness, organisers said.
"Congress failed to translate Swaraj, the country had
gained post Independence, into development despite being in
power for so many years," Advani said.
Praising Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh
Chouhan, Advani said his "humbleness and kind-heartedness" is
a major asset for the ruling party.
"The chief minister is doing a very good job," he said,
adding, since BJP came to power, the Hindi-belt states have
started shedding their BIMARU tag.
We are trying to bring Uttar Pradesh out of BIMARU tag
and Madhya Pradesh is an example to emulate, Advani said.
Describing Joshi as an "excellent man", the former deputy
prime minister said, "In west a person`s intelligence is
gauged by measuring his IQ (Intelligence Quotient) and later
the concept of EQ (Emotional Quotient) too arrived. But
Indians were known worldover for one more thing and that is
for their SQ (Spiritual Quotient)."
He asserted that the ideological movement of RSS has
catapulted leaders like Atal Bihari Vajpayee, late Bhairon
Singh Shekhawat and himself to hold highest constitutional
Besides Advani, the chief minister, former chief
ministers Joshi and Sunderlal Patwa, BJP general secretary
in-charge of Uttar Pradesh, Narendra Singh Tomar and the state
unit president Prabhat Jha addressed the function.