Hajipur/Bettiah (Bihar): Senior BJP
leader L K Advani invited Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
and Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi to openly debate
their statements on use of Central funds in Bihar, saying the
amount did not belong to either of them.
"The central funds do not belong to Manmohan Singh or
for that matter the party ruling at the Centre ... It is the
money of the country distributed among the states in keeping
with constitutional norms," the BJP Parliamentary Party
Chairman said during election meetings at Hajipur and Bettiah.
Attacking Singh and Gandhi for their comments alleging
non-implementation of Central schemes in the state, Advani
said "I ask Manmohan Singh and others to come to the platform
here. We (NDA) are ready for a open debate."
"All NDA leaders, including Chief Minister Nitish
Kumar and even BJP General Secretary Ravishankar Prasad will
be at their disposal for the debate," he said.
He also challenged RJD chief Lalu Prasad to an open
debate with any NDA leader he desired so that the people could
decide whom to vote for on the basis of their merit.
RJD did nothing for Bihar`s development during its
15-year rule and "Criminals ruled the roost under state
patronage while kidnapping flourished as an industry."
"People have adjudged Kumar as the most able CM Bihar
ever had ... BJP and NDA know how to ensure better utilisation
of funds," Advani said.
Referring to his 59-day Yatra in 1997 on the golden
jubilee of the country`s independence, Advani held Congress
responsible for the ills plaguing the country, including in
Jammu and Kashmir.
Reiterating demand for simultaneous polls to state
Assemblies and Lok Sabha, Advani said he had strongly pitched
for it during his recent meeting with Prime Minister as
"frequent elections waste a lot of money."