New Delhi: Slamming the UPA government for
its "authoritarian" approach towards states, BJP veteran LK
Advani on Sunday said all those who believe in strong Centre-state
relations should come together on it even as he praised Tamil
Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa for highlighting the issue.
"Making states strong does not lead to making the Centre
weak. We need a strong Centre, but the Centre cannot become
strong unless the states become strong," Advani wrote in his
latest blog posting.
He said Jayalalithaa had flagged the issue during a
recent meeting of the National Development Council where she
maintained that she was not sure whether "the Government of
India recognises the states as partners, leave alone equal
partners, and respects their viewpoint".
The BJP leader said the "same high-handed and
authoritarian approach was also seen when it sought to impose
its own version of the Lokpal and Lokayukta Bill on states."
He said this was opposed by BJP, its NDA and also by
AIADMK and even key UPA partner Trinamool Congress.
"The moot point is that Congress has learnt no lesson
from the past. It still deludes itself by thinking that it
alone has the right to govern India," he said, adding, "All
those who believe in democracy and healthy Centre-state
relations must come together to defeat this arrogant mindset."
Attacking the Centre, Advani also used the opportunity to
term Jayalalithaa`s AIADMK as BJP`s natural ally.
He said though AIADMK is not formally a part of the
National Democratic Alliance, the informal floor coordination
with the party in Parliament has been growing.
Advani recalled that he had thanked the Tamil Nadu
government for averting a bomb threat to his Jan Chetna yatra
when it was passing through Madurai region.