Despite Babubhai, BJP still 'a party with difference'
Even after the BJP MP's disgraceful act, top bosses are on the offensive, saying they are 'unique', reports Yogesh Joshi.india Updated: Apr 24, 2007 01:38 IST
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), despite having seen disgrace after its MPs were caught in various rackets - the latest one is immigration racket in, which, party MP from Gujarat has been arrested - does not yet believe that it is no longer a 'party with difference'.
Senior party leader LK Advani too preferred to harp the similar tune when he was questioned about how the party is still different when one of its MP Babubhai Katara was arrested at Delhi airport last week while allegedly trying o take two people to Canada on passports of his wife and son.
The leader, who was in the city on Sunday to attend a private function did speak to the press in which he was apparently offensive even after the party had to face embarrassment right at a time when UP elections are at a peak and Parliament session is also going to begin.
When asked Advani about how he justify when he says UPA is introducing criminalization into the government, his reply was, "MP is one thing. You see the difference in the response in which MP was immediately suspended from preliminary membership".
Advani said the party did not give chance to the opposition to create hullabaloo. However, when one of the UPA minister was arrested, the prime minister himself defended him. "That's the difference". The leader further said that he does not justify the act committed by his party MP and it is not within parliamentary committee to decide the fate of the Babubhai Jain as the BJP hs already taken steps whatever had to be taken.
The former deputy prime minister also confessed that as principal opposition paty, BJP failed to effectively give vent to people's discontent due to an inner party turmoil. Advani said, "This was largely on the account of the unexpected defeat of the NDA in last general elections. Now as the party started reinvigorate itself, the people support has also began to turn in its support".
Commenting on the UP poll scenario, the leader claimed his party would emerge as number one. He however refused to answer on whether BJP would accept tie-up with another party, suppose it does not get majority.
First Published: Apr 22, 2007 20:54 IST