No differences with Shiv Sena, JD-U: BJP
The Shiv Sena and the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) are long standing partners of the BJP and there is no question of them quitting the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said in Panaji.Updated: Apr 07, 2009 19:27 IST
The Shiv Sena and the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) are long standing partners of the Bharatiya Janata Party and there is no question of them quitting the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said in Panaji on Tuesday.
The BJP had no differences with the Shiv Sena and the JD-U and the two parties would remain in the NDA fold, he told reporters in Panaji.
Prasad said the BJP considers the black money stashed in tax havens abroad as an issue of national importance and would make efforts to bring the wealth back if it came to power.
"Reports say that at least Rs 25 lakh crore are stashed by Indian nationals in many Swiss banks and other tax havens. We have made requests to the Congress(-led government) to seek details of the Indian account holders there. Why is Prime Minister Manmohan Singh mum on this issue?" he said.
Accusing the United Progressive Allinace government of turning India into a soft state, Prasad said the NDA would accord top priority to fight against terrorism.
He described the 'third front' and the 'fourth front' as rickety combinations and said the BJP's LK Advani is the only leader who can bring stability to the country.
"The NDA led by Advani is the only way forward for India," he said.
Prasad said the shoe hurling protest by a Sikh journalist at Home Minister P Chidambaram at a press briefing in New Delhi on Tuesday was "not right", but added that the incident betrayed the sense of outrage after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) gave a clean chit to Jagdish Tytler of the Congress in a case of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
"The shoe-throwing incident was not right. But at the same time, the government too must understand the sense of outrage in the country. The least they can do is not give the (party) tickets to Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar," Prasad said.
Tytler and Kumar have been accused of instigating mobs to attack Sikhs in Delhi in 1984 after the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her two Sikh security guards.
First Published: Apr 07, 2009 19:17 IST