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Party will take action against rebels: Advani

Dy Prime Minister Lal Krishna Advani warned the rebellious candidates of BJP by saying that the party would not hesitate in taking tough action against them.

india Updated: Nov 19, 2003 23:45 IST

Deputy Prime Minister Lal Krishna Advani today aired a signal of warning for the rebellious candidates of the party by saying that the party would not hesitate in taking tough action against those who would show indiscipline and would prefer self interest rather then the interest of party.

Addressing a public meeting at the Stadium Ground of Jalore, he said that he has closely experienced the politics of Rajasthan. "When I launched my political journey by joining the Jansangh in 1951, then Rajasthan was my area of working. Here I learned the first and important lesson of politics here that there should be no compromise over the issue of discipline," said
Advani.

Elaborating his point with an incident, Advani said that in the first assembly elections of 1952, Jansangh got victory over eight seats. Soon after election the bill about withdrawing 'Jagirdari' was put in assembly. "Unfortunately six out of those eight MLAs decided not to support the bill and this stand was against the party line. We called our party president Shyama Prasad Mukharjee and he declared that there would be no compromise on the issue of discipline in party?. And all the six MLAs were expelled from Jansangh," Advani said.

Connecting this incident with the rebellions of the party today, he said that they should accept the party's decision and join all the workers for the victory. "I hope that they will follow my point," he added.

Highlighting the achievements of the BJP-led NDA government, Advani said that the Indian politics has taken a turn in 1998. "Earlier it was dominated by Congrees party only. But then BJP emerged with the slogan of Swaraaj Se Suraaj and a number of the regional parties extended their support. Now we can witness the changes in infrastructure facilities, telecommunication, defence etc. These development can be more effective for you if a good government comes in power in Rajasthan," said Advani.

Lashing at the Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, the Deputy Prime Minister said that he has failed to utilize the relief provided by the center during drought years. "We have developed a new culture in politics where support is provided without considering what political party is in power," he said.

Jogeshwar Garg BJP's candidate from Jalore raised the issue of rebellious candidates. In his address he said that the sitting MLA Ganeshiram Meghwal was not given ticket this time and he is now contesting the election with the ticket of Rajasthan Samajik Nyay Manch (RSNM). "I personally met him and tried to convince him but he is still not ready to support the party," said Garg.

More than ten thousand people from Jalore, Ahore, Raniwada and other places attended the meeting. Mahesh Sharma Former MP Rajya Sabha, Shankar Singh Rajpurohit BJP candidate from Ahore, Arjun Singh Deora and several other leaders were present at the meeting.

First Published: Nov 19, 2003 20:50 IST