Advani pitches for ‘good fight’ with ‘good results’February 26th, 2009 - 6:05 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Feb 26 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) prime ministerial candidate L.K. Advani Thursday said the upcoming elections would witness a “good contest” and reminded MPs on the last day of the 14th Lok Sabha that the polls would also produce an equally “good result”.
“Today is the last day of the last session of this Lok Sabha. People will now elect a new Lok Sabha. The election dates may be announced just two to three days after this session ends today,” he said. The polls are expected in April-May.
“We all will fight for it…I hope it will be a good fight and its result will also be good (Ham sab bhi use ke liye sangharsh karenge … Main asha karta hun acha sangharsh hoga aur parinam bhi acha hoga),” said Advani, which sent the house into peals of laughter.
He spoke after External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee lavished praise on Somnath Chatterjee’s conduct as the presiding officer of the house, but ironically, Advani did not have a word of praise for the speaker who will now bow out of political life.
Advani also mentioned that he would have liked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to be present in the house on the last day but in the same breath mentioned that he understood the medical compulsions. Singh is convalescing after a coronary bypass surgery.
Advani pointed out that he did not want to evaluate the achievements and problems of the United Progressive Alliance government in the last five years after Mukherjee detailed the various social sector programmes unveiled during its tenure.
“Today is not the day to evaluate the work in the last five years. It is not the day to talk about what were the achievements, what were the problems and how we tackled them during the last five years,” said Advani, speaking in Hindi.
“I will not talk about it because it can result in controversy,” he said.
Advani, however, appreciated everyone’s contribution, including that of the government and the opposition, in strengthening the country’s democratic system.
“The bureaucracy is being criticised by everyone. But there is one section of our bureaucracy, which is praised by one and all and that is the one which belongs to our parliament.
“Never ever has a day passed when I have given a speech in parliament and the text has not promptly arrived the next morning. I want to express my gratitude towards the secretary general (Lok Sabha) and his associates for that,” he added.