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Throw out BJP, save nation: VP Singh

PTI | ByPress Trust of India, New Delhi
May 03, 2004 07:17 PM IST

BJP-led Govt's stability was "inimical" to the country and voters should throw it out to preserve society, former PM said.

Observing that stability of BJP-led Government is "inimical" to the country, former Prime Minister VP Singh on Monday said that to preserve society it was necessary to "throw out" the saffron party and extended support to Congress where the third front was absent.

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"A party practising politics of hate is the worst for the stability of the country and that is why BJP is the biggest danger for the stability of the country," he told reporters and asked what was more important -- stability of the society and country or of the government.

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He said the only way to uproot BJP was to vote for Left parties and JD(S) and where they were not present, the Congress. "Left and JD(S) are my first choice. But at places where they are not present, Congress should be voted."

Singh said he had campaigned for JD(S) in Karnataka and now he would be going to West Bengal and Kerala to muster support for the Left parties.

Asked about the change in his attitude towards Congress, he said though "we have fought each other to our hearts' content", but after Gujarat BJP's fascist face has been exposed.

To a question as to how he felt now for having accepted BJP's support to run the National Front Governemnt in 1989, he said "after Gujarat I regret taking BJP's support. I could not recognise them then".

Refering to Congress tying up a coalition with DMK, RJD, NCP, PDP and the Left parties, Singh said "Vajpayee should analyse how many parties have quit the NDA if at all it was stable".

Referring to the stability plank being used by Vajpayee, the former Prime Minister said if BJP was really wedded to stability, then why was it opposing the stability of the Left Front government in West Bengal. "Will BJP withdraw candidates in West Bengal to ensure stability was not disturbed," he posed adding the state had seen the longest coalition period.

Singh claimed that Congress had provided the maximum number of stable governments.

About his role in the event of a hung House, Singh said it was everybody's duty to work for a secular government.

On the foreign origin issue, he sought to turn the tables on BJP by asking where were their leaders during the freedom struggle. "When it was time to die for the sake of the country, they were absent," he said adding that now they were saying all this for grabbing power.

Singh said he was ready for a political debate on the issue and felt that if the loaylty of a person born abroad cannot be trusted, then citizenship should not granted to that person. But once citizenship was granted, one cannot dub that person as a doubtful citizen.

"This is sheer political opportunism, trying to bend rules to suit political interests," he added.

Commenting on a senior BJP leader's remarks describing Rahul and Priyanka as children of parents of foreign origin, the former Prime Minister asked what would happen to the children of women of Nepali origin who were married in India.

Seeking to embarrass BJP, Singh said "I am told Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje's mother is from Nepal".

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