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Advani pulls PM over public debate issue

A day after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh rejected his challenge for a public debate, BJP's prime ministerial candidate LK Advani hit back at him saying that if Manmohan thinks that he does not have the Premier's rights, he should send the person having PM's rights to hold the debate.

india Updated: Apr 11, 2009 22:08 IST

A day after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh rejected his challenge for a public debate, BJP's prime ministerial candidate LK Advani on Saturday hit back at him saying that if Manmohan thinks that he does not have the Premier's rights, he should send the person having PM's rights to hold the debate.

Apparently referring to the Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi without mentioning her name, he said, "if Manmohan thinks that he does not have the PM's rights, he should send the person having Premier's rights to hold debate with me in the run up to the general elections."

"A debate would enhance the voters intellectually and enable them to reach to their decision easily ," Advani told an election meeting at the Stadium ground in Balaghat.

He said that the West and its culture have dominated the 20th century but if the BJP comes to the power at the Centre, India and its rich culture will prevail in the 21st century.

Former deputy prime minister said that the BJP stuck to its pre-poll promise of "honest government" it made in different states and Madhya Pradesh was one such state.

Advani said that his party does want to govern the country, but it wants to give "good governance" to the people.