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Advani accuses UPA of targeting BJP and NDA-ruled states

lucknow Updated: Jun 04, 2011 21:31 IST

Senior BJP leader LK Advani on Saturday accused the UPA government of targeting BJP and NDA-ruled states with a hostile and insidious attitude and asserted that it will explore legal options along with the political fight to deal with it.

While delivering his valedictory address at the conclusion of the two-day national executive in Lucknow, Advani said the UPA government had been attacking the federal structure of the country.

The states in which BJP and NDA were in power had to suffer due to this.

He also emphasised on the role of Governors and how the UPA government was using them against the opposition-ruled states.

"If this attitude of the Centre continues then, along with our political fight, we (BJP) will also look for a legal recourse to combat it," BJP General secretary in-charge of UP Narendra Singh Tomar said, quoting Advani.

Advani also referred to the fight against corruption and how he had raised the issue of bringing back black money stashed abroad.

The issue is in currency these days due to Baba Ramdev's fast.

Advani stated that when BJP raised the issue of corruption in 2G spectrum allocation, Commonwealth Games and black money, then others had laughed at it.

He called for more efforts to bring back black money from tax havens abroad.

The senior BJP leader praised the role of civil society members in the crusade for a Lokpal Bill in the country.

Advani, however, maintained that there was no lack of laws to fight corruption and it is a dearth of seriousness on the part of the Congress-led government which was responsible for rampant graft.

"The fight for a Lokpal Bill has been going on for long.

The civil society members came forward which definitely strengthened this fight," Advani said, adding that the country needed an effective Lokpal.

He alleged that the Congress is not sincere about the fight against corruption and this had led people to support creation of a Lokpal.

Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj, who also spoke at the party conclave, said people's hunger will not be satiated by statistics being cited by the government.

She enumerated several issues where the UPA government had failed to take action leading to a mess.

"The Centre does not have the will to fight naxalism. It is soft on Binayak Sen who was charged and arrested for suppoprting naxals.

Yet the government has made him a member of a Planning Commission panel," Swaraj said, according to Tomar.

She alleged that while the government kept saying the production of foodgrains had gone up, yet grains were rotting and the people did not have access to them.

The senior leader said UPA ministers lacked calibre and seriousness.

This was seen when External Affairs Minister SM Krishna had read out the speech of his counterpart from Portugal during a UN convention, she said.

BJP President Nitin Gadkari announced that in July and August, the party will take out padyatras (marches) at the district and village level and in September, BJP will hold rallies at the district and mandal level and these will be led by the state leadership.