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'BJP, Cong can make common cause in politics'

Advani endorsed Sonia's veiled criticism of the communist parties for "communalising the country's foreign policy".

india Updated: Apr 04, 2006 18:39 IST

LK Advani on Tuesday endorsed Congress President Sonia Gandhi's veiled criticism of the communist parties for "communalising the country's foreign policy".

Advani further said both BJP and Congress can make common cause in politics and governance if the ruling party eschews "minorityism".

Referring to a signed article by Gandhi in Congress mouthpiece 'Sandesh' which indirectly criticised the Left parties for the anti-Bush protests, Advani said, "no Indian can disagree with this view."

He added, "But at the same time, we urge the Congress President and her party to introspect on whether it was wrong to communalise foreign policy, but right to communalise domestic policy."

Advani was addressing a joint press conference with party President Rajnath Singh before embarking on a gruelling five- week twin 'Bharat Suraksha Yatra' beginning April 6.

While Advani would commence his sixth Yatra on Ramnavami from Rajkot after offering prayers at the Dwarakadheesh temple and paying homage to the father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi at his birthplace in Porbander, Singh will hit the road from Bhubaneshwar after paying obeisance to Lord Jagannath at Puri on the same day.

Advani said the day Congress party honestly reverses its politics of minorityism, "a firm foundation will have been laid for the two principal national parties in India's bipolar polity -- BJP and Congress -- to make common cause in a very wide area of politics and governance".