Advani dares PM to hold LS, assembly polls simultaneously
Hubli (Karnataka): Senior BJP leader L K Advani today challenged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to simultaneously hold elections to Lok Sabha and assemblies of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Rajasthan and Delhi.
"Everybody knows that Congress governments are not run properly, unlike BJP and NDA governments in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Karnataka. If there were any shortcomings in Karnataka, they are gone," Advani, here to campaign for the May five Assembly polls, told a public meeting here.
Referring to the Prime Minister's presence here earlier in the day for the campaign, Advani said if he had met him, "I would have asked the PM not to delay and to hold Lok Sabha elections along with assembly elections coming up in MP, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Rajasthan and Delhi. This will be good." The veteran BJP leader said he has never seen a weaker Prime Minister than Manmohan Singh as he does not take decisions on his own. "Manmohan Singh asks 10 Janpath before taking any decision," he said, apparently referring to Congress President Sonia Gandhi.
However, there had been Prime Ministers like Deve Gowda, Chandrashekhar and I K Gujral who had exercised their powers given under the Constitution on their own, Advani said.
Expressing serious concern over the ongoing protests in Andhra Pradesh, following the nod for the creation of a separate Telangana State, the Communist Party of India (CPI) leader D Raja said that the Centre must address the genuine concerns of the people and assure them that their interests will be duly protected.
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