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Third Front govt, a farcical illusion: Advani

delhi Updated: Apr 04, 2009 23:23 IST

Senior BJP leader L K Advani on Friday dismissed as "farcical illusion" the idea of a Third Front government and said the tussle is between BJP-led NDA and Congress, which is "losing" its allies.

"There is no scope for a Third Front government, which does not have the support of BJP or Congress. It is a farcical illusion in the minds of people," he told reporters at the manifesto-release function.

Taking a dig at Congress, the BJP's prime ministerial candidate said he "sympathised" with Congress which is facing a "sad situation".

This was because after the Left parties abandoned it, the Samajwadi Party has also parted company so also Lalu Prasad's RJD and Ram Vilas Paswan's LJP, besides PMK, and earlier the TRS had left it, he said.

Advani, who had challenged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi for a live debate on television, defended it saying that anything which strengthens democracy should not be objected to.

He said this when told that the Left parties have attacked his idea of TV debate saying it was aimed at turning the parliamentary democracy into a two-party system. Advani said anything that helps communicate with the electorate should not be objected to and if it leads to a two- party system, it is all the better.

Advani sidestepped a question as to what will be his first task if he becomes the Prime Minister -- hanging of Mohd Afzal or Kasab.

There are many important tasks, he merely remarked. He also skirted a question about the alleged irregularities in the Rs 10,000 crore Israeli missile deal, an issue raised vociferously by the Left parties.

Talking generally about corruption, he said it was a very big issue in the last Lok Sabha elections. Advani was unrelenting in his criticism of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, whom he accused of "devaluing" the post of the PM "which is a matter of regret".

With the saffron party time and again opposing the Sachar Committee recommendations on the plight of Muslims, Advani evaded a question whether a government led by him would implement the Sachar panel report.

It will be the duty of the government to see that every citizen of the country gets just attention without discrimination, he said, accusing the Congress for the sad plight of the Muslims. He said the NDA would come out with a 'Vision for Governance' before the first phase of polling on April 16 after consulting various constituents over the BJP manifesto.