UPA policies have ruined country: AdvaniMay 8th, 2009 - 12:39 am ICT by IANS
Chennai, May 7 (IANS) Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) prime ministerial candidate L.K. Advani Thursday accused the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government of having “outsourced” foreign relations to the Left parties and “helped” the growth of Maoists in Nepal.
Speaking at a rally in the city in support of BJP candidates, Advani said the government had “outsourced” foreign relations activity to the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), which along with three other Left parties supported the UPA government for four years.
“The outsourcing has helped in the growth of Maoists in Nepal. Today, the situation in Nepal is chaotic. With the resignation of Nepal’s prime minister (Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda) I see only chaos there,” Advani said.
He said the country was paying the price for the “opportunistic alliance” between the CPI-M and the Congress.
“The country is paying for the wrong policies followed by the UPA government,” he said while addressing a poll rally here.
He also said Pakistan continues to be the epicentre of terrorism, “but Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is of the view that Pakistan itself is a victim of terrorism”, he said, taking a dig at the prime minister.
“The influence of Taliban is growing. The situation in our neighbouring countries is a cause of concern,” he said.
Regarding the Pokhran test within two months of the National Democratic Alliance government assuming office, he said: “What pained me most was Manmohan Singh’s reaction to the Pokhran test. In the Rajya Sabha he threatened that the US would impose sanctions which would affect the country’s growth.”
“As he predicted, the economy grew and the US withdrew its sanctions,” he said sarcastically.
He said the BJP is fighting the polls on three planks - good governance, development and security.
“No power on earth can prevent the 21st century becoming India’s century,” he said.
Earlier in the day he addressed a meeting at Paramakudi in Ramnathapuram district. He leaves for Delhi Friday.
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