NDA’s economic, governance strategy will be different: Advani (Lead)

November 21st, 2008 - 11:39 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata PartyNew Delhi, Nov 21 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) prime ministerial hopeful L.K. Advani Friday promised a “radically different” economic and governance strategy if the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is voted to power at the centre.”A future NDA government’s economic and governance strategy will be radically different from that of the incumbent government,” he maintained while addressing a session on ‘Looking Ahead, My Vision for India’ at the HT Leadership Summit here.

“We shall take all those measures that are necessary for restoring hope and confidence among the people within the first six months,” he said.

Spelling out his priorities during the interactive session that followed, Advani listed these as “agriculture, security of the common man and inflation”.

“We shall also aim at the stars, at taking India to greater heights in every sphere of national accomplishment. Our strategy will aim at the allocation of resources and wealth generation,” the BJP leader said during his address.

According to Advani, a future NDA government “will make the deepest and widest ever dent in poverty, unemployment and underdevelopment.”

“It will create the largest ever basket of opportunities for young Indians, who are already authoring so many exciting success stories. I believe all this is possible to achieve through good governance.”

“We shall keep the top echelons free of corruption and also take resolute steps to stem corruption in the rest of the system,” Advani maintained.

He said that if all those in politics and the government at various levels can show a firm commitment to good politics and good governance, “our youth can indeed create a miracle within a short time.”

“This gives me the confidence that, with determination, discipline, unity and hard work, Indians can indeed make the 21st century into an Indian century,” Advani declared.

Sounding extremely upbeat during the interactive session, the BJP leader said the upcoming Lok Sabha polls would give voters an opportunity to gauge the relative strengths and weaknesses of two coalitions.

“Between 1998 and 2008, there have been two coalitions, one (NDA) for six and now (UPA) for four years that will complete five years next year. This will give voters an opportunity of deciding on the basis of what they have seen and experienced,” Advani contended.

He also deftly dealt with a question on whether he ever foresaw a two-party system in India.

“Firstly, I do not regard the present system as that of chaos. From 1951 till two decades back, India was dominated by a single party. In the last two decades, the growth of the BJP has turned India into a bi-polar polity but not a two-party system.”

“Today, there are two principal poles of polity (the Congress and the BJP). This is a development in the right direction. It is a process of evolution. It is not chaos,” Advani explained.

He dealt similarly with a question on whether India would even have a presidential form of government would, choosing instead to speak of the “evil” vote bank politics represented.

“Caste, regionalism and communalism in politics is harmful. It is also true that parties and their leaders, from the very beginning, have generally believed that to win in the first-past-the-post system, you have to build up vote banks. The political leadership has to emancipate itself from vote banks. Only then can you fight the evil,” Advani said.

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