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Advani cites Gujarat to woo Bengal voters

Senior BJP leader LK Advani criticised Left Front for lack of development and held up the example of Gujarat to woo voters. HT reports.

india Updated: Apr 22, 2011 14:45 IST
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Senior BJP leader LK Advani criticised Left Front for lack of development and held up the example of Gujarat to woo voters.

“There is not a single village in Gujarat where there is no electricity. Each and every village is connected with metal roads. Just think of the situation in your state, where the Left failed to bring electricity even after 34 years of uninterrupted rule,” said the former Union home minister.

Blaming the Marxists for delaying introduction of computers in the state, Advani said it pushed back Bengal by a decade. “Thirty-four years is a long time and there should not be any excuses for not performing. The state has failed in every parameter by which we judge development,” said the BJP leader. According to him, the world moving ahead rapidly but West Bengal is sunk in poverty.

Advani criticised the UPA-2 government for corruption and price hike. “The NDA government constructed highways, brought telephone to every household, the price of rice, dal and other essentials were low… Now people are being squeezed by inflation,” he said.

The BJP leader slammed the state for corruption. According to him supporters of the Left Front and Congress support corruption. “They prefer to remain mum on graft. We should remember that a country cannot develop with a corruption friendly government,” he said.

Calling for immediate change, Advani claimed BJP is the only party than can offer better governance. “The Left must go but the Congress-Trinamool alliance is no alternative either. They have failed to give good governance at the Centre,” he said.

Advani accused the two-time Trinamool MLA Kallol Khan of non-performance. “The Trinamool MLA has done nothing in last 10 years.”

BJP president Nitin Gadkari attacked Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee for her silence against corruption in the UPA-2 government.

“She can’t shrug off the responsibility of corruption in the Centre by keeping silent. She can’t avoid her responsibility in the government’s failure to check inflation either,” said the BJP president.

Mamata Banerjee was quick to attack her one-time ally, the BJP. Alleging that Advani was helping the communists by campaigning in constituencies where her party candidates were in fray, Banerjee said she had no respect for the BJP leader, as she never supported destruction of the Babri Masjid. “I respect his age but I don t respect him as a leader. I never supported the destruction at Ayodhya,” she added.

She pointed out that all the four election meetings Advani held during the day were in constituencies where her party candidates were contesting. “This shows the BJP has targeted the Trinamool to help the CPI(M). In fact they have tied up with the CPI(M),” she said.

Banerjee, who was part of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance in two phases between 1999 and 2006, said she had never surrendered to the dictates of the saffron party.

“I seldom held joint meetings with them. I had to align with them to save West Bengal from CPI(M) misrule as the Congress then was hand-in-glove with the Marxists.”

Banerjee also came down heavily on the rebel candidates of her alliance partner Congress. “These people and whoever is sponsoring them are stooges of the CPI(M).”