NDA will radically change governance, says Advani (Roundup)

November 22nd, 2008 - 12:01 am ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata PartyNew Delhi, Nov 21 (IANS) Promising a “radically different” economic and governance strategy if the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is voted to power at next year’s general elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s prime ministerial candidate, L.K. Advani, Friday decried the “weak government with a failed leadership” of the present Congress-led dispensation.“Our priorities, if we come to power, will be agriculture, security of the common man and inflation,” he maintained while addressing a session on ‘Looking Ahead, My Vision for India’ at the HT Leadership Summit here.

“A future NDA government’s economic and governance strategy will be radically different from that of the incumbent government. We shall take all those measures that are necessary for restoring hope and confidence among the people within the first six months,” Advani said.

He also used the occasion to slam the government of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, describing the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) coalition as a “mere collection of independent fiefdoms of ministers doing whatever they want to further their own personal agendas without any concern for the overall progress of the country and without any fear of the authority of the prime minister, who has become a passive observer”.

“The prime minister has turned a blind eye to the blatant misuse of institutions as well as to the shocking levels of corruption never seen before in independent India,” Advani maintained.

In this context, he termed as the “worst scandal in the history of independent India” the blatant display by three MPs of currency notes in parliament during the trust vote July 22, saying they had been paid the money to vote for the government.

Advani also quoted figures to say that the NDA government had started with 5 percent growth in 1998 and left the economy at 8.5 percent.

“In contrast, the UPA government started with 8.5 percent growth rate in 2004 and will leave at 6 percent in early 2009,” he pointed out.

According to Advani, an NDA government will “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 and is equitable and balanced, both socially and geographically”.

Sounding upbeat during the interactive session, the BJP leader said the upcoming Lok Sabha poll 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 principles 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.

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