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Advani has conceded defeat for 2014 LS polls: Cong, SP

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Congress leader Rajiv Shukla on Sunday said that the BJP leader Advani has given up the fight by casting doubts over his party’s ability. File photo
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Congress leader Rajiv Shukla on Sunday said that the BJP leader Advani has given up the fight by casting doubts over his party’s ability. File photo

Congress and other parties on Sunday took a dig at BJP leader L.K. Advani saying he has conceded defeat even before the race has begun for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections while some BJP leaders differed with him.

Reacting to Mr. Advani’s latest blog posting, Congress said Mr. Advani has given up the fight by casting doubts over his party’s ability.

“I can say about this blog that Mr. Advani himself has conceded defeat by saying there is a possibility that there can’t be a BJP Prime Minister in 2014. It means he has conceded defeat,” Congress leader Rajiv Shukla told reporters in New Delhi. "After this blog, how will a BJP candidate win?" he asked.

Mr. Advani had similarly predicted defeat for Congress before 2004 and 2009 elections but it came to power both the times, he said.

Terming the BJP leader as a “reluctant general” going to war, Mr. Shukla said, “If anybody is reluctant then how can anyone win the war. What kind of a general is he who concedes defeat even before the battle?”

Another Congress leader Satyavrat Chaturvedi said Mr. Advani’s statement reflected internal rift in his party and recalled the predictions made by him before 2004 and 2009 elections.

BJP National Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said there is a strong anti-Congress wave blowing in the country and BJP and NDA will get majority.

Samajwadi Party leader Mohan Singh also toed the line taken by Shukla and said, “Even before the elections, BJP has conceded defeat.”

Sharad Yadav, who heads the JD-U, an NDA ally, refused to indulge in speculation ahead of the 2014 polls.

But, JD-U leader from Bihar Neeraj Kumar said, “We need a secular leader as PM and one who is sympathetic towards the cause of the backward classes.”

Mr. Advani had in his blog on Sunday talked about the possibility of a non-Congress, non-BJP Prime Minister heading the government after the 2014 general elections with the help of these two principal parties.

He also cited examples of Charan Singh, Chandrashekhar, H D Deve Gowda and I K Gujral -- all supported by Congress -- as well as V P Singh who became Prime Minister with BJP support.

Satyavrat Chaturvedi said, “Whatever Advani is saying is on the basis of internal rift and feud that is going on in his party. In 2004 also he had predicted and that time his people were out on a feel good factor and India Shining campaign. What happened to that prophecy?”

He also took a dig at the BJP leader for the comments he made during his Bharat Yatra in 2009.

“In 2009 Advani himself was PM candidate and during his Bharat Yatra that time, too, he had made predictions. What happened to those predictions?” he asked.

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Hi Rajiv Shukla, Your comments are note worthy only if Congress can
form the government on its own and it is too early for you to make such
comments at this stage. Better open your mouth after the election,
otherwise you are hurting yourself and your party.

from:  Krishna Shetty
Posted on: Aug 6, 2012 at 02:19 IST

NDA is the only alternative to the congress. The congress cannot come
to power single-handedly, with a lot of corrupt members and supported by
some corrupt parties. BJP also had many a corrupt faces as that was in
Karnataka's Yediurappa. Yet the BJP/NDA should stick to its principles
and challenge the misrule of the congress.

from:  D.Ramakrishnan
Posted on: Aug 6, 2012 at 01:55 IST

It is clearly proved that Congress party and most of the UPA alliance parties are full of dishonest and self interested politicians. People of India looking up to BJP to rescue them from the hands of these political hoodlums. BJP has to clean up her back yard to established public confidence. Although there are not that many hoodlum in BJP as in UPA, but there are some existence as we know. BJP should remember that the famous Indian proverb, It is better to have empty cowshed then full of badly behave cows. Get rid of Yeddy and his gang and clean up the back yard.

from:  Ash Nandy
Posted on: Aug 5, 2012 at 22:05 IST

But, can India afford another UPA term? I wish the Congress party understood that they can do nothing, and took a break for 5 years. We need a change in guard, not that BJP is any better. Fresh ideas are the need of the hour.

from:  Thomas George
Posted on: Aug 5, 2012 at 20:39 IST

Advani is an astute politician and his views have relevance to the nation. In such an eventuality, congress led UPA must continue to lead the nation until its energies to serve the nation are depleted and another election can be held after 15.8.2047

from:  Vyas KS
Posted on: Aug 5, 2012 at 18:31 IST
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