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NDA to enact law on foreign origin issue: PM

He said if voted back to power, the NDA will enact a law to bar persons of foreign origin from holding top constitutional posts.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, Raipur
UPDATED ON APR 17, 2004 01:48 PM IST

Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Friday said if voted back to power, the NDA would enact a law to bar persons of foreign origin from occupying top constitutional posts.

"If we will get a majority, we will formulate a law on the foreign origin issue," Vajpayee told reporters at Mana airport here before leaving for Ahmedabad.

Asked if foreign origin has any relevance when development is being projected as the main issue in the elections, he said who should become the Prime Minister or the President is also an important question.

Asked whether legal luminary Ram Jethmalani has reciprocated his call to withdraw from contest against him. Vajpayee just laughed off the question.

He said he felt sorry that the son of Jethmalani is not well for which he had to leave for London.

'Cong trying to break country's morale'

Korba (Chhattisgarh): Accusing Congress president Sonia Gandhi of presenting a dismal picture of the country, Vajpayee has charged the main Opposition party with trying to break the morale of the country.

"Congress is trying to break the morale of the country at a time when the entire world is praising us for our all round development," Vajpayee told an election in Korba.

In his 30-minute speech, the Prime Minister lashed out at Sonia for her remarks that the NDA government was "day-dreaming like Mungeri Lal," saying "we do not just dream, we transform our dreams into reality".

"Our foreign exchange reserve has increased, our inflation is under control and our growth rate is very good," he said adding the opposition should not be for opposition sake.

The Prime Minister said the country was on the threshold of making progress, adding "just a little push is needed".

Expressing confidence about India becoming a super power as it has resources, he, however, cautioned if people continued to fight among themselves, the country would not prosper.

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