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Advani ridicules Congress

Talking on Congress' failure to name Prime Ministerial candidate, Advani said no team could win the match without naming its captain.
PTI | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON APR 17, 2004 08:33 PM IST

Taking on the Congress for its failure to name the Prime Ministerial candidate, Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani on Friday said no team could win the match without naming its captain.

"A captain cannot be nominated after the match", he said at an election rally at pavijaypur, about 120 kms from here.

Advani also ridiculed the Congress for failing to project its Prime Ministerial candidate for the coming polls, although Congress had projected Sonia Gandhi for the post in 1999 elections.

The Deputy Prime Minister said he had refrained from forecasting the outcome of India and Pakistan match but was confident that Vajpayee would take oath of Prime Minister after the polls.

The three issues that are going to dominate the election scene are good governance, development and leadership, he said.

The Deputy Prime Minister also criticised Sonia for accusing the NDA government of neglecting the north eatern region.

Without naming her, Advani said it was Prime Minister Vajpayee who created separate ministry for northeast region for ensuring its proper development.

Vajpayee government has been taking all steps for the development of the region be it, construction of roads, water schemes and electricity, he said.

Advani also praised Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for putting the state on the road of development.

Addressing a public meeting at Dwarka later, Advani said people were convinced about the result-oriented governance of the BJP-led NDA and were determined to vote it back to power.

He said the Vajpayee government had launched the ambitious river linking project, which even the government's under Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi had failed to do.

Asked about the construction of Ram temple at Ayodhya, Advani, who visited the famous Dwarka temple, said the "issue will be solved amicably and temple will be constructed".

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