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Advani campaigns in N Bengal, avoids Didi

kolkata Updated: Apr 15, 2011 14:58 IST
Pramod Giri

Lal Krishna Advani, former union home minister and senior BJP leader, on Wednesday took entirely an entirely different path to woo voters while remaining conspicuously silent on Mamata Banerjee and her party, the Trinamool Congress, as he went hammering the 34-year "misrule" of Left Front.

Advani, the senior-most of the BJP leaders touring north Bengal districts, addressed two BJP election rallies at Falakata and Kumargram in Jalpaiguri district during which he did not utter a single word either in favour of the Trinamool or against it.

Unlike his party colleagues both at the national and state level who have been accusing the Trinamool and its leader for hobnobbing with Maoists, Advani proved his mettle as a national leader who does not believe in mud slugging.

Addressing the BJP election rally at Falakata in Jalpaiguri district, so far considered a CPI(M) stronghold, Advani in his 22-minute speech termed the Left Front government as worthless which has failed to deliver good deeds.

Comparing Left Front-ruled West Bengal and BJP-ruled Gujarat, he said, "West Bengal has been pushed to the brink in 34 years while Gujarat under BJP's rule has earned applause for good governance worldwide in merely 10 years. If the BJP is allowed to run a state for 34 years, we will set a new example and create miracles."

Advani, who branded the Congress-led UPA government in the Centre as the most corrupt since Independence, asked voters to cast their votes for clean and good governance. He said voters would bid goodbye to the CPI(M)-led government in the state. But, the former Union minister and BJP prime ministerial candidate was also conspicuously quiet on whom Bengal voters would vote to power.

Later answering this reporter's question on what his take on Mamata Banerjee was, he said, " I am here to speak about the BJP and the CPI(M) only."

On Wednesday, addressing a press conference in Siliguri, the BJP spokesperson Siddhartnath Singh had accused Banerjee of hobnobbing with Maoists. "During NDA rule at the Centre during which the Trinamool was an alliance partner Advaniji and Atal Bihar Vajpayee did not allow Mamata to play at the hands of the Maoists while the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is keeping his eyes closed while the Trinamool is hobnobbing with Maoists," Singh said. Singh had also accused the Left Front government for encouraging infiltration from Bangladesh.

Top BJP leaders like Arun Jaitley, Nitin Gadkari and Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi would be touring and addressing BJP election meetings in north Bengal from Friday.