Debate Sonia's origin: DPM

Updated on Apr 05, 2004 07:00 PM IST

Dy PM Advani dismissed claims that raising Sonia Gandhi's foreign origin issue amounted to a personal attack on the Congress chief.

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PTI | ByPress Trust of India, Chittorgarh

Dismissing Congress claims that raising the issue of foreign origin of Congress president Sonia Gandhi amounted to personal criticism, Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani asserted on Friday that it was a topic of political debate.

"The foreign origin issue is not personal, but a political matter," Advani told reporters in Chittorgarh during his 'Bharat Uday Yatra.'

Asserting that it was wrong to describe the issue as a personal attack, he said "it even had a direct effect on Congress which split on the issue."

"A person whom they had made speaker of the Lok Sabha, left the party and is still not prepared to join it due to differences on foreign origin issue," he said apparently referring the PA Sangma.

Advocating simultaneous holding of Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the country, Advani said "I would like to reitrate my strong belief that the election season in India should be both fixed and simultaneous."

"I believe this will impart greater stability to policy making, infuse a greater sense of responsibility in the political class to ultimately promote the culture of good governance."

Stressing for electroal reforms in the country, he said "I am personally inclined to favour state funding of political parties for elections."

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