Advani expresses concern over `ugly Indian politics`
Mumbai: Senior BJP leader L K Advani on Sunday
expressed concern over the dwindling respect for political
leaders among masses and said it was his party`s aim to change
the image of "ugly Indian politics".
"The respect which people had for political leaders
before 1947 ... that is not the situation now," Advani said.
Advani was speaking at a felicitation function of former
union minister and BJP leader Ram Naik in suburban Borivali
"It feels awkward to say I am in politics if somebody
asks what do you do," Advani said.
The biggest objective of BJP is to change the image of
"ugly Indian politics," Advani said.
He quoted an article by former Secretary General of Lok
Sabha C K Jain in the souvenir brought out on the occasion
of Ram Naik completing 75 years which said, "Parliamentarians
like Ram Naik are an endangered species."
BJP President Nitin Gadkari described Naik, three-term
MLA and five-term MP, as ideal people`s representative of BJP.
Shiv Sena executive President Uddhav Thackeray, senior
BJP leader Gopinath Munde, RPI Ramdas Athawale also addressed
NCP President Sharad Pawar was scheduled to attend the
programme but deputed state party chief Madhukar Pichad as he
was held up in Russia on official assignment, the organisers
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