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Ayodhya whiff in yatra

IN A departure from his earlier speeches during the Bharat Suraksha Yatra, L K Advani today revived memories of his Rath Yatra he as he spoke on ?secularist premise of the Ayodhya temple issue?.

india Updated: Apr 28, 2006 14:12 IST

IN A departure from his earlier speeches during the  Bharat Suraksha Yatra, L K Advani today revived memories of his Rath Yatra he as he spoke on ‘secularist premise of the Ayodhya temple issue’.

Addressing a public meeting at Kamala Park, Advani said secularism in western context negates religion but it is not so in the Indian context. In 1947 Pakistan adopted theocracy but India did not discriminate people on caste and religion. He said the basic difference between the BJP and the Congress was that the latter adopted appeasement policies treating the Muslims as vote bank only.

He said when the BJP-led NDA government was formed in 1998 the party proposed three points to solve the Ram Janma Bhoomi tangle -- first, the court should decide the issue; second, both the communities should settle  it amicably and the third, either Parliament or UP Vidhan Sabha passed an Act in this regard.  He said some coalition partners accepted the first two modalities, not the third one. Hence, the BJP honoured the compulsion of coalition politics. 

Criticising an RJD leader for using an Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s look-alike in Bihar, he said, “Talents such as (tennis sensation) Sania Mirza and pacer Munaf Patel are ideals for the country and those involved in terrorist activities cannot be Muslims’ ideals.”

He pointed out that a BJP-led government named A P J Abdul Kalam for the highest constitutional post. He said it was ironical that US President George Bush could not address the joint session of Parliament because of communist parties’ opposition whereas this had been an established practice that whenever US presidents visited  here they had addressed Parliament.

He said he was not taking out this yatra with election in sight. In fact, he did not predict a mid-term poll. But he could not rule it out either given the nature of the UPA government.

Stating that he follows the ideology of Deendayal Upadhyay, Advani said the Centre was sleeping like Kumbhkarna and he intended to wake it up through his yatra.

In Indore, Advani said corruption had become the hallmark of the Congress. The Volcker report had not only named Natwar Singh as one of the beneficiaries of the ‘food-for-Oil programme’ but also the Congress itself. “However, Sonia Gandhi has refused to comment on that aspect,” Advani said and challenged her to come clean on that.

Referring to Congress’ alleged going soft on terrorists, he pointed out that while the Tamil Nadu Government had labelled Madhani as being main person behind the Coimbatore blasts, the Communists and Congress in Kerala passed a unanimous resolution to clear him of the charges.