Advani laments people preferred Cong in LS polls

Advani laments people preferred Cong in LS polls New Delhi: Senior BJP leader LK Advani on Saturday lamented that people preferred Congress to BJP in the Lok Sabha polls even as he credited his party with establishing a bipolar polity in the country.

"Election results have shown that the electorate preferred bigger parties and rejected smaller ones. Only Congress and BJP won more than 100 seats... but people preferred Congress over BJP as we had little presence in 150 seats spread across states like Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal," he said.

The Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha was addressing the National Executive meeting of BJP's Scheduled Caste Front.

He said that by including all sections of the society, BJP can emerge as the number one party in the country.

"In the last Parliamentary Elections, smaller parties with a strong base in their respective states were hoping that they could form a government at the Centre. But people rejected them and voted for two big political parties," he said.

The BJP leader said the biggest achievement of his party was creation of a bipolar polity in the country. "We ended the domination of Congress...earlier, it was Congress versus various smaller parties," he added.

Advani said unlike some political parties who use certain sections of the society as a vote bank, BJP believed in involving them in the development of the country.

"Some parties may use an organisation of dacoits and robbers if it can help gain more votes," he said, without naming any party.

Advani said "inclusive growth" of the country was not possible without involving all sections of the society. "This is what we have been taught by leaders like Shyama Prasad Mookherjee, Deen Dayal Upadhyay and Atal Bihari Vajpayee."

He said real development meant that people from the SC and ST community, rural youth and women reaped the benefits of growth.

The BJP leader reminded the audience that the party had its share of ups and downs in its political history and cited its performance in the 1984 Lok Sabha polls when the party bagged only two seats but took its tally to 89 in the next General Elections, he said.

Bureau Report