Jethmalani says he is back with Vajpayee`s blessings
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Last Updated: Sunday, June 06, 2010, 22:00
Jaipur: BJP nominee from Rajasthan for the Rajya Sabha elections Ram Jethmalani Sunday said he is formally back in the party with the blessings of Atal Bihari Vajpayee and described him as his political hero.

"I am formally back in BJP though the party has always been in my spirit. I am back with blessings from Atal Bihari who is my political hero and statesman. Though there were ideological differences, there was no rift in our friendship," the eminent lawyer told reporters at BJP's state office here.

Jethmalani, who will file his nomination here tomorrow along with other party nominee V P Singh, said while representing Rajasthan in the Upper House, he would raise state specific issues including water crisis.

"Issues of today are poverty, terrorism, solving problem with our neighbours (nations), water etc. I will have to work on state specific issues and I will do," he said.

However, I want to warn that the war in the next 10-20 years will be over water, not over nuclear power or Kashmir, so water crisis is going to be a crucial issue in future," the former Union minister said.

Responding to questions related to Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, Jethmalani said, "Afzal Guru is a terrorist and such suicide bombers should get death punishment."

Jethmalani also said he was against the ruling Congress party as it was not serious about bringing back "stolen" Indian money from foreign banks.

"I am against ruling Congress party as the government it heads is not keen and serious to bring back stolen Indian money worth USD 15,000 million deposited in foreign banks," he said.


First Published: Sunday, June 06, 2010, 22:00

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