Advani blames BJP leadership for K’taka crisis

DHNS, 04-03-2013 04:30:13

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‘Unprincipled handling caused the damage’


BJP patriarch L K Advani on Sunday said Karnataka was pushed into a crisis due to the party leadership’s “wavering and unprincipled handling” of the state government that is facing charges of corruption.

Advani, who concluded the three-day national executive and council meeting, called for zero tolerance towards corruption and indulged in some hard talk.

Besides pointing out the opportunities that the party wasted, he also suggested the steps needed to emerge a political alternative to form a government.

“Without mincing words, let me admit that our wavering and unprincipled handling of the situation in Karnataka caused a great damage to our image. We forgot that people judge the commitment of any political party to fight corruption not by its pronouncements but by its practice and, when the need arises, by its punitive actions,” he said implicitly flagging the mistake committed by previous party president Nitin Gadkari in not taking action against former BJP chief minister B S Yeddyurappa who is facing graft charges.

Yeddyurappa later resigned from the post and subsequently quit the party to launch his own outfit.

In the last five years of the BJP rule, Jagdish Shettar is the third chief minister which indicates the instability within the party even as the state is staring at the upcoming polls.

Though Advani distributed a written speech, he picked up barely a few points from the text and seemed reluctant to conclude the session.

At a time when the party leaders are celebrating Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s growing popularity, Advani chose to praise senior leader and Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj whom he compared to former prime minister A B Vajpayee.

“Sushma gives me the same complex that Vajpayee used to give me. I tell Sushma that you create this complex in me,” he said showering praises on Swaraj’s oratory skills.

In the written speech which he did not utter, Advani lamented that the BJP failed to make a political capital out of the widespread support to Anna Hazare movement. He also urged party president Rajnath Singh to ensure party’s internal discipline and take steps to restrain its leaders from publicly airing their differences to save the party image. 

Referring to Muslims, he said the “mutual equation between the BJP and the minorities must be changed”. He claimed that a number of Muslims have begun to see through the self serving propaganda of the Congress.

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