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'Oppn, not Modi, biggest contributor to BJP's victory'

PTI  New Delhi, August 15, 2014
First Published: 16:33 IST(15/8/2014) | Last Updated: 20:03 IST(15/8/2014)

Veteran BJP leader L K Advani on Friday gave credit of party's stupendous Lok Sabha election victory to Opposition saying the massive corruption and errors committed by the previous regime in the last ten years contributed to their win.

Describing the 2014 general election as "unprecedented", the BJP veteran also said that party workers worked hard in poll battle.

"I have seen all elections since 1952. When 2014 elections were over, I felt for me and my party this election was unprecedented.

I was delighted as there was never such results. Our party workers worked very hard in this elections," Advani said after unfurling the tricolour at his residence here.

The veteran leader, however, said "But I would not deny that maximum contribution to this victory was from the Opposition who were fighting against me.

Had they not committed so many grave errors and had people not witnessed so much corruption in the last 10 years then probably this kind of results would not have come."  

BJP won 282 seats in the Lok Sabha elections in May surpassing its own record and became the first party to get absolute majority almost after more than two decades.

"The massive campaign carried out under the leadership of Narendra Modi also contributed to the victory. But the biggest contribution was from our Opposition," Advani said, adding "The expectation from us have gone up because of the spectacular victory."

Thanking Prime Minister for his extempore speech, Advani said "After the election results, this was the 68th Independence Day. I thanked the PM for not giving any written speech on the occasion of 68th Independence Day. He addressed extempore at the ramparts of Red Fort and it has a good impact on the public."  

Highlighting the importance of the Internet, he said "The effects of Internet and Information Technology on the public is significant.

So who will utilise the internet and IT in right way then it will benefit the nation." Referring Modi's call for proper sanitation facilities, Advani said, "I used to say that in my constituency when foreign visitors witnessed the open defecation in the morning along the rail track it was not a good experience for them.

I had told the district committee we should try to eliminate this open defecation practise at least in Gandhinagar.

All houses and schools should have toilets." The Prime Minister in his speech asked all Members of Parliament to utilise their MP-LAD funds to build toilets in every school in their area.

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