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Venkaiah hails Ajmer Sharif darga diwan, slams UPA

PTI  Hyderabad, March 09, 2013
First Published: 16:51 IST(9/3/2013) | Last Updated: 16:55 IST(9/3/2013)

Welcoming the decision of Ajmer Sharif dargah diwan, Zainul Abedin Ali Khan to boycott Pakistan Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf's visit to the Sufi shrine, senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu said on Saturday that it reflects the thinking of Indian citizens.

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"It is a good decision which reflects the thinking of our citizens...I do not know what is the thinking of the Central government (on this)," Naidu said.

The dargah spiritual head had said that he will boycott Ashraf's visit in protest against the 'beheading' of an Indian soldier by the Pakistani army along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir.

During the press conference, Naidu also criticised the UPA government for its alleged and corruption, claiming a BJP led NDA co-alition was the only way forward for the nation come 2014.

"BJP-led NDA would be the only alternative to Congress-led UPA government. People have the choice to bring the NDA in power for its exemplary record of good governance," he said.

Terming the Third Front as "a tried and failed experiment", Naidu said only BJP-led NDA offers strong alternative to the Congress-led UPA government where "unprecedented price rise, inflation and corruption have become the hallmarks".

"The so-called Third Front cannot offer an alternative and it was a tried and failed experiment," Naidu said, addressing a press conference.

The former BJP president alleged that the country's image has taken a serious beating because of the large scale corruption that has become synonymous with the UPA government.

"The UPA has created the perception that India is insecure and suffering as it is unable to take any decisive action against terrorism," he said, adding that the UPA was "politicising terror" and delayed hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru for its vote bank politics.

Naidu announced that the BJP would launch a "BJP for Parliament" campaign in southern states, with focus on poll-bound Andhra Pradesh, to reach out to masses.

He said party leaders would meet people and spread awareness about the challenges concerning the country under the campaign.

"I will tour all districts in Andhra Pradesh once the budget session of the Parliament is over," he said.

The state unit party president G Kishan Reddy and former union minister Bandaru Dattatreya were also present at the press conference.


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