Advani hopes strike would silence critics

Senior BJP leader L K Advani Tuesday hoped that the strike called against price rise would put an end to criticism that the Opposition was not doing enough on the issue.

Updated: Jul 06, 2010, 11:34 AM IST

New Delhi: Senior BJP leader L K Advani
Tuesday hoped that the strike called against price rise would
put an end to criticism that the Opposition was not doing
enough on the issue.

"Through you (the media) I would like to thank the
people of the country for making Bharat Bandh an unprecedented
success. I would also like to thank the people of Delhi and
our supporters here for this success," he said.

He was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a
function held to mark the birth anniversary of party ideologue
Shyama Prasad Mookherjee.

The NDA and Left partied had yesterday called for a
Bharat Bandh to protest against fuel price hike.

Advani said he had been hearing criticism from some
quarters that Opposition parties were not taking up the issue
of price rise in a big way.

"We had been hearing criticism that the opposition was
not living upto the expectations of the people by not taking
up the issue of price rise which was responsible for the
plight of the people," Advani said.

Earlier during the ceremony to pay tributes to
Mookerjee, Advani told his party members to strive towards
making BJP "a party with a difference" as envisaged by former
Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

"We are in politics not to serve our own agenda but to
make this country great," Advani said, in what appeared to be
a message to BJP`s top brass which is mostly seen competing
with each other for one-upmanship.

He said BJP workers should be proud as the organisation
and its leaders were "incomparable".

PTI