MADHYA PRADESH is no longer a BIMARU state, according to senior BJP leader L K Advani. He gave this certificate while talking to the media at the Indore airport on Friday.
Flanked by a beaming Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and BJP State president Narendra Singh Tomar, he said that the State has made great progress during the past few years (read under BJP rule) and had shed its BIMARU tag. “Uttar Pradesh remains the only BIMARU state in the country,” Advani said. Uttar Pradesh is the only state among the so-called BIMARU states that is not ruled by BJP or its allies at present.
Answering a query on the forthcoming elections in Uttar Pradesh, Advani said that apart from deteriorating law and order situation and influence of mafia in politics, the gruesome killing of children at Nithari would also be an issue. On the Nithari killings, he said it was a serious crime and had brought shame to the entire country. He said his party had already demanded a CBI inquiry into the matter, but it was ultimately on the state government to decide.
Making the BJP’s stand clear on the Indo-US nuclear deal, Advani said that his party’s opposition to the deal would continue. The opposition stemmed from the fact that had this deal been signed earlier, neither Indira Gandhi nor Atal Bihari Vajpayee would have been able to conduct the Pokhran 1 or Pokharan 2 nuclear tests and in future also no other Prime Minister would be able to conduct any more nuclear tests.
On the recent talks held between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and BJP leaders over dinner, he said that it was a good beginning and something that had never been done before.
However, he denied that Indo-US nuclear deal had been discussed in the meeting. “We had decided that the Press would not be briefed after the meeting, but one agency speculated that we discussed the Indo-US nuclear deal.
In fact, that topic was not discussed at all. We discussed in great detail India’s relations with its four neighbouring states.”
Asked whether he or Vajpayee would lead the BJP in the next Parliamentary elections, he said such issues would be decided by the party when the right time came.
Earlier, Advani was given a warm welcome on his arrival at the Indore airport by the Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Mayor Uma Shashi Sharma, State BJP president Narendra Singh Tomar, State PWD and Energy Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya, Urban Administration and Development Minister Jayant Mallaiya, BJP national vice-president and MP Sumitra Mahajan, IDA Chairman Madhu Verma, MLAs Laxman Singh Gaud and Mahendra Hardia among others.