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Prepare for snap poll, BJP tells cadres

Advani lashes out at the Left parties and DMK, accusing them of unleashing divisive forces that threatened India’s unity and integrity, reports Hemendra Singh Bartwal.

bhopal Updated: Sep 23, 2007 21:41 IST
Hemendra Singh Bartwal
Hemendra Singh Bartwal
Hindustan Times

Virtually sounding a clarion call to its rank and file to begin preparations for an “imminent” mid-term election in view of the “political instability” at the Centre, the BJP on Saturday launched a blistering attack against UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and the Congress party, dubbing them as the “biggest destabilising factors” in the country.

Using poll-time rhetoric in an indication that the saffron party had got into election mode, Leader of the Opposition L.K. Advani also lashed out at the Left parties and UPA member DMK, accusing them of unleashing divisive forces that threatened India’s unity and integrity.

“The Left is destabiliser number one and the DMK is destabiliser number two. The biggest destabiliser is Sonia and the Congress party. They have to be taught a lesson,” Advani stated at a crowded public meeting held here on the second day of BJP National Executive’s conclave.

In a political resolution adopted earlier in the day, the party’s top leadership charged the UPA Government with damaging the social fabric of the nation by pursuing the politics of minorityism to regain power in the face of imminent elections. Maintaining that the gap between the UPA and Left had now become irreparable and that the days of the government were numbered, the document projected the BJP-led NDA as the only viable alternative in the current scenario.

Addressing a rally in the presence of top BJP leaders, including party president Rajnath Singh, Advani charged the Left with opposing the India-US nuclear deal merely on the basis of their traditional hatred for the Americans. He said there was a fundamental difference between their stand and that of the BJP, which was against the deal as it sought to curb the country’s nuclear weapons programme. The party was not against the US, with which it wants cordial relations, he stated.

The BJP National Executive decided that the prominent poll issues to highlight are the government’s failure to control spiralling prices of essential commodities, inability to check terrorist activities and infiltration, opposition to the India-US nuclear deal and the Centre’s “adamant” attitude on the Ram Setu issue.

First Published: Sep 22, 2007 20:58 IST