Bihar poll campaign: Advani assails PM, Sonia

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 18:57

Motihari/Muzaffarpur (Bihar): Asserting that
central funds did not belong to the Congress, senior BJP
leader L K Advani on Tuesday attacked the Prime Minister and the
UPA chairperson for their statement on central assistance to
Bihar saying they had not done any special favour.

"They should know that central funds do not belong to the
Congress. It is hard-earned money of tax payers and people of
the country," Advani said without naming Singh and Gandhi.

"There is a federal system in India and in keeping with
it, the Centre has to provide funds to states without any
discrimination. The federal structure has to be respected at
all cost," he said addressing election meetings in Motihari
and Muzaffarpur.
It would be better, Advani said, for those raising the
issue of central assistance to come forward for an open debate
on the issue with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and senior party
leader Arun Jaitley.

Advani defended Nitish Kumar describing him as the most
able Chief Minister the state has ever had.

"People have adjudged Kumar as the most able CM the state
has ever had," Advani said.

Claiming that the NDA government deserved a reward, he
said, Kumar had come up to expectations and aspirations of the
people and deserved another term of five years to bring Bihar
in the category of the most developed states.

It was expected that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would
see the development in Bihar and praise the work done by
Kumar, he said. "But unfortunately it didn`t happen."

Showering praise on the chief minister, Advani said Kumar
had proved his mettle as railway minister in the Atal Bihari
Vajpayee government.
"We expect that the people of the state will repose their
faith in Kumar and Sushil Kumar Modi (deputy chief minister)
and give another chance to serve them," he said.

Opposing promotion of `parivarwad (dynastic rule)` in
politics and alleging that the RJD was hand-in-glove with the
Congress, Advani said "the Congress is equally responsible for
the jungle raj and anarchy that gripped the state during the
15-year rule of Lalu Prasad-Rabri Devi."

Advani also criticised the Prime Minister and Congress
president Sonia Gandhi for supporting Jammu Kashmir Chief
Minister Omar Abdullah`s statement that the state had not
merged with India, "but only acceded to it under certain
conditions and under an agreement."

Advani said he was surprised to find remarks of External
Affairs Minister in Abdullah`s favour and said, "The country
will not tolerate two Vidhans (Constitutions) and two Pradhans
(heads of government)."

Advani referred to his 59-day Yatra in 1997, on the golden
jubilee of India`s independence and held the Congress
responsible for the ills plaguing the country.

Without naming the RJD and Congress, Advani said the two
parties though contesting separately, would join hands after
the elections.
The senior BJP leader also utilised the opportunity to
renew his demand for holding simultaneous elections to the
state assemblies and Lok Sabha and state-funding of elections.

"We should have a system of state-funding for political
parties to meet election-related expenses as elections are
essentials to the Constitution," he said.

He said he had raised the issue before the Election
Commission and the Prime Minister seeking amendment to the
Constitution for ensuring that the elections to the assemblies
and the Lok Sabha took place simultaneously after completion
of their full term of five years.

"Frequent elections waste a lot of money...this year Bihar
is going to polls, next to follow is West Bengal and some
other states...a lot of money goes waste," he said.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 18:57

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