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'India not shining or feeling good'

PTI | ByPress Trust of India, Kozhikode
May 08, 2004 12:06 PM IST

Former Prime Minister VP Singh said that despite BJP claims, India was neither shining nor were the people feeling good.

Former Prime Minister V P Singh on Friday said India was neither shining nor were the people feeling good, as claimed by BJP in its poll campaign.

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"Where is the shine and feel good factor when hundreds of farmers are committing suicide across the country and 22 women were killed for the sake of getting a Rs 20 sari," he said addressing an election meeting hit by rain here.

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Accusing the NDA Government of selling PSUs, leading to growing unemployment, Singh also termed the BJP-led Government at the Centre as a `communal' set up, engaged in `destroying the secular fabric of the country'.

In his brief speech, he praised the Left parties and JD(S) for having stood for the unity and integrity of the nation.

"Our country is not a map on pieces of paper, it is a map on the hearts of people," he said adding "religion is a lamp to enlighten the hearts and not set them on fire".

He wondered how Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani, who had earlier reportedly refused a settlement formula for the Ayodhya issue, was now calling upon the people to either accept the court's verdict or come to the negotiation table.

"BJP should apologise to the entire nation for the demolition of the Babri Masjid', Singh said.

Noting that voters of Kerala were `educated enough' to not allow BJP to gain an entry in the state, he expressed the hope that they would continue to do so this time too.

Describing Kozhikode Lok Sabha candidate M P Veerendrakumar as one who always raised the people's voice in Parliament, he urged the electorate to elect him by an overwhelming majority. PTI AGK APR JW

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