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Seek fresh mandate, Advani tells Manmohan

R. Srinivas
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L.K. Advani: "Even in villages people are talking about corruption, scams and the money stacked in Swiss banks.... At least now, the Prime Minister should quit the post and contest elections". File photo

Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader L.K. Advani has demanded that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh step down and seek a fresh mandate from the people.

Speaking at a party workers' meeting here on Sunday, Mr. Advani said the people had lost faith in the Congress-led UPA government after the 2G spectrum scam and allegations of black money. The common man could not lead a happy life due to high inflation. “Even in villages people are talking about corruption, scams and the money stacked in Swiss banks. Dr. Singh has not contested elections directly till now. At least now, the Prime Minister should quit the post and contest elections,” Mr. Advani said.

Attacking UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and the Prime Minister, the BJP leader said both were responsible for the scams. The Prime Minister had defended the corrupt Ministers, including the former Union Telecommunications Minister, A. Raja, and Rajya Sabha member Kanimozhi.

Blaming the Congress for bribing MPs to protect the government when the Left parties withdrew support in 2008 over the nuclear deal with the U.S., Mr. Advani said the Supreme Court had taken up investigation in the cash-for-votes case and hoped the culprits would be booked soon.

Even as WikiLeaks highlighted the scams with evidence and the same was published in The Hindu, the UPA government dismissed them as baseless allegations.


Recalling the sacrifices of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh and the party, Mr. Advani explained to the party activists how the founder-president of the Sangh, Syama Prasad Mookerjee, sacrificed his life for integrating Jammu and Kashmir with India.

Only after the death of Dr. Mookerjee in June 1953, Jammu and Kashmir was integrated with India and the jurisdiction of the President, the Supreme Court and the Election Commission of India extended up to Jammu and Kashmir. But now, some parties were trying to restore the pre-1953 situation in Jammu and Kashmir and the BJP would not allow it to happen under any circumstances, Mr. Advani said.

He called upon the party workers to work hard and try to bring the BJP back in power for good governance. In the evening, Mr. Advani participated in the 10th anniversary celebrations of the Swarna Bharat Trust at Venkatachalam village in the district.

Among others who attended the meeting were BJP MP M. Venkaiah Naidu, leaders Bandaru Dattatreya, K. Hari Babu and Tamil Nadu party State president P. Radhakrishna.

We do not want the government to go. We want the government to stay and do some useful work i.e. pass a strong lokpal bill. The last thing we need is the 'great Indian circus' i.e. elections, to subvert the process that is underway under Anna's leadership.

from:  Praveen
Posted on: Aug 23, 2011 at 23:29 IST

It is good fishing in troubled waters..

from:  Jay
Posted on: Aug 23, 2011 at 21:23 IST

Advani'ji' is representative of all that is wrong with the political scenario in India.Fishing for political mileage.What does he,the BJP or any other party care for the country as long as they live and rule in comfort and have a good tomb or cremation after their death and have a few hundred streets and junctions or perhaps an airport or two are named after them when they go the way of the world!Today India has only politicians - NO statesmen!No lokpal bill/law will clear that.Let every political party that calls for a picketing,hartaal or other antisocial method of protest pay for the loss of revenue to the state and for any damage to public property!LET THAT BE ENFORCED!LET EVERY CORRUPT OFFICIAL/PUBLIC FIGURE BE HUMILIATED AFTER GOING THROUGH DUE PROCESS OF THE LAW!If the rule of law is a part of our culture, then we dont need Annas and self declared guardians of democrazy holding elected govt to ransom!

from:  Roy
Posted on: Aug 23, 2011 at 08:43 IST

Mr.Advani has only asked Mr.Manmohan Singh to quit and try to get elected to the Lok Sabha, as Singh is still a member of the Rajya Sabha. He has not asked Singh to dissolve his government. Some commentators here want Advani also to quit. Well, it can be done if the parliament is dissolved and the general elections are announced.

from:  Shanmugam
Posted on: Aug 23, 2011 at 01:04 IST

Another election is only an additional expenditure on country.What's the guarantee for a clear mandate?Another hung parliament is a sure prescribtion for disaster.Worldwide recession,inflation already show signs of retardation of growth in GDP. Probably a time has come to consider formation of a National Government with due representation from Left,Right & centre of political thought.More important is to have a politician who is also honest (however difficult the search would be) as Prime Minister.Dr.Singh's skill deficiency in terms of political experience is very evident in Lokpal fiasco.

from:  kannan
Posted on: Aug 22, 2011 at 21:17 IST

Advani should have avoided this comment. I feel very lucky to be born in this great nation and be part of this great culture and religion. Of course our society is not perfect and the same society produces politicians, leaders and bureaucrats. Can JanPal change everything once it becomes a law, never. Instead it introduces another mostly autocratic governance layer, which has more power than the democratic layer. Do we need that? cant that person be corrupted ? he/she comes from the same society, so don't we have to ask these questions ourselves? I supported Anna when he did his initial fasting but not any more because now he is fighting against my mother land for his benefits. He want his people in committees, he wants power , he says his way or >highway, he does not have any idea how diverse India is and if you noticed, he has no vision on India. Corruption is one of the problems we are facing not the only one , if not today someday all will understand it.

from:  Unnikkuttan
Posted on: Aug 22, 2011 at 19:08 IST

Any sane man will laugh at Mr.Advani's words as in reality the UPA led by congress with majority strength shall lead the country upto 2014 come what may. With moral standards giving way to money making, Indian politics has become a democratic gimmick. NDA team has more literate persons in comparison with congress but they too didn't do any breakthrough inventions in peoples lives. TINA factor prevails now and unless BJP introspects and initiates drastic reforms, youth will not forgive it. With India's budget increasing year after year, we should have a perfect mechanism to spend it properly so that the nation is made free from illetaracy and poverty.

from:  Vyas K Susarla
Posted on: Aug 22, 2011 at 18:58 IST

Also the people of karnataka should be given a chance for fresh mandate.

from:  zafar abbas
Posted on: Aug 22, 2011 at 16:56 IST

Advaniji should not forget that ut is a war against corruption and not against Dr Manmohan Singh, the PM

from:  Lkoanath Mohapatra
Posted on: Aug 22, 2011 at 13:12 IST

if one has to describe BJP one can easily say that they are nothing more then just opportunist...fundamentally they are not really bothered on the concerns looming around the incapability of Govt Lokpal or Jan lokpal. nor they are expressing freely about why they are against this government or why they are in favour of Anna Hazare...May i know from Advaniji if he is elected or his party is elected at PM what are they going to do to curb currpution.

from:  santosh
Posted on: Aug 22, 2011 at 12:52 IST

If Gandhi could have been in politics ( Political Party) he would have spoke Truth even being in opposition, about lok pal and corruption. "I have failed to provide law to our countrymen for 43 yrs here is lokpal in turmoil just because of the same reason which parliament is responsible. Advani Ji talks corruption is in Cong (I) that define thoughts process; resigning by one person will not solve Problem , We remember Tehleka exposed BJP and how they crushed Tehelka. Parties have hijacked our Parliamentary democracy by not doing what they were supposed to do. Think 43 yrs of no tax from people.

Someone in Parliament has to be answerable to People as why bill
was not passed for 43 yrs. Its clear, will of people who are
elected in Parliament is not there to eradicate corruption in high place's.

from:  Jaswinder Singh Gill
Posted on: Aug 22, 2011 at 12:24 IST

Before he asks the PM to seek a fresh mandate, Mr Advani should announce that the BJP supports the Jan Lokpal.

from:  Ramana Murthy
Posted on: Aug 22, 2011 at 12:09 IST

Mr.Advani what is your stand on Anna's movement against corruption. If you believe PM should seek fresh mandate, why BJP MPs should not resign and show your protests and at the same time let the people of India give their vote for or against corruption. Since BJP did not make its stand very clear, people are confused. It conveys the message BJP also is scared like congress in bringing strong lokpal. Will BJP make clear it's stand????

from:  rajcey
Posted on: Aug 22, 2011 at 11:05 IST

Would it be more logical for the BJP to bring a no-confidence motion in the Parliament rather than asking Mr Singh to seek a fresh mandate ?

from:  Thomas Vech
Posted on: Aug 22, 2011 at 10:43 IST

I think Advani is trying to take advantange of current situation by bringing in politics. If he truely wants some good things to happen then instead of asking for a fresh election, he should have supported Anna and asked for Lokpal Bill.

from:  Mahendra Singh Rathore
Posted on: Aug 22, 2011 at 09:56 IST

Another desperate attempt by Advani. Fishing in troubled waters has been >his forte. People have rejected you as PM candidate in 2 nation wide polls, and you still aspire to be a PM one day at any cost. What a shame. Communal people like who lead a group to demolish a religious place worship can never become a PM and people are intelligent enough and never voted for you as PM. so pls understand that and stop targeting Manmohan singh, as you are not even fit to be a CM.

from:  Ravi
Posted on: Aug 22, 2011 at 09:36 IST

Replacing one senile politician with another will make no difference!

from:  Ramdas
Posted on: Aug 22, 2011 at 09:24 IST

This is not the time for political opportunism or to reap political benefits of the current anti corruption mood.BJP must spell out what it plans to do to curtail corruption and not think that it is only the congress parties problem.Otherwise, congress'loss may not necessarily be BJP's gain.

from:  krishnan
Posted on: Aug 22, 2011 at 09:06 IST

Yes, Advani is right. This govt needs to go as this govt's top agenda is to protect its corrupt and black money space. They even accused Anna Hazare of corruption and that is this govt's without any intention to stop corruption. UPA govt conveniently using MM Singh's image, which now stands exposed. Why did he allow so many corruptions under his nose, which costs the country billions of rupees.

from:  Prasad
Posted on: Aug 22, 2011 at 09:00 IST

Good work Mr.Advani. Tell the country who stopped the Vajpayee Government from bringing to book the Bofor culprits, the Sewdish Government, the Italian Government or the political expediency of the time. While in opposition, it is always easy to accuse the incumbent of all things. A bit of an introspection will assist in ruing the opportunities lost when you were in power.

from:  Mani Sandilya
Posted on: Aug 22, 2011 at 08:51 IST

Mr.Advani tries to fish in troubled waters by toppling UPA!! Good gain may be for BJP. But what about Anna Hazare's fast his cause? This is one of the dangerous dispositions of the Indian politicians and their parties.They want to grab power and maintain it by playing cat and mouse games. They offen lack in credibility in winning the hearts of the common man.

from:  Clement Stephen
Posted on: Aug 22, 2011 at 08:31 IST

The people of India - not necessarily just the visible youth of India have lost faith in the entire polity. It is not just PM but also giants in opposition like Advani, Jaitley, Sushma or Rajnath who have to resign and seek fresh mandates. They are losers who in 5 years of misrule allowed black money to be made and stashed abroad that prior governments had taken 50 years to do. And still they don't learn. In the last ten years, under the able leadership of Advani, Rajnath, Sushma and the rest of the succeeding opposition coterie, we have seen nothing but showmanship and brinkmanship instead of real responsibilities of the opposition parties - Clean Governance whatever may be the political disposition in the centre or the states. We see now through their farce in Gujarat riots, Save Ganga Andolan, Karnataka, 2G, CWG - they all are directly culpable for providing only reluctant leadership. Yes, it is time for all of them to QUIT India. Let the youth take over afresh.

from:  R N Iyengar
Posted on: Aug 22, 2011 at 08:02 IST

Please be honest and CLEAR Your Stand on Jan Lok Pal Bill. Do not try to deflect the attention of the country from the real issue. Fresh mandate or fresh election cannot change anything but will be a heavy burden on the economy. Inflation or Mahangai will increase after election.

from:  Pankaj Kumar
Posted on: Aug 22, 2011 at 07:48 IST

We may not fully agree with Advani, but there is lot of truth in his requiring the PM to obtain fresh Mandate from the people. Unfortunately in the National Scene,we are faced with Hobson's choice, as we all know.No Political party will(dare to/though they would love to) oppose it,the law will be passed.If you cannot pass an effective Lokpal in Today's India i doubt anyone else can do it.

from:  K P Natarajan
Posted on: Aug 22, 2011 at 07:08 IST

A correct solution for the problems that confront the citizen today. The Govt. has lost its moral right to rule long back. Early polls could install a more legitimate Govt.

from:  G.Naryanaswamy
Posted on: Aug 22, 2011 at 06:54 IST

your article,Seek fresh mandate,Advani tells PM,Was nice and Interesting to read.The only worry for the People of India ,the cost factor of the Elections in the Middle,but at this hour this is very much needed, because people are tired and the Govt ,postponing the Jan lokpal Bill.If you look ,the Black money which is lying outside our country,can be taken care for Many decades to rule ,if the Govt brings back,which is not happening.Anna and team need not beg for the Jan lokpal bill.If the mandate comes Certainly change will be there in Centre,which we have seen earlier in Tamil nadu.People's Power is vital ,then the Elected MP'S Power.Because of Power they are doing all this humiliation for the people.

from:  K.Ragavan
Posted on: Aug 22, 2011 at 06:52 IST

Mr Advani is the last person who should ask the PM to resign.He is the reason why Yedyurappa survived so long in office.His party has gotten away with as bad a track record on corruption as the UPA, only because the media was not active then as it is now.Mr Advani and his party care less about India and more about their party's fortunes.

from:  Grenville
Posted on: Aug 22, 2011 at 06:25 IST

"Attacking UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and the Prime Minister, the BJP leader said both were responsible for the scams. The Prime Minister had defended the corrupt Ministers, including the former Union Telecommunications Minister, A. Raja, and Rajya Sabha member Kanimozhi." A reasonable request from Mr.Advani irrespective of political affiliation. The PM should have resigned earlier taking responsibility but he did not and that shows he lacks ethics and morals.The recent events shows that the UPA has lost people confidence in them and the masses have only disgust toward the present admin.

from:  Stephen
Posted on: Aug 22, 2011 at 06:07 IST

Dear Mr Advani,You are one of the few politicians in India whom I respect. I'd love to see you as the PM but you were stabbed by your own, who did not understand your diplomacy. All said, your party was also in power for 6 years. Sadly you did not follow your own manifesto. You did not do anything for Kashmiri Pandits, Article 370 etc and kept hiding behind the lame excuse of coalition dharma. The temple in Ayodhya was always an eyewash. But more importantly your govt did not fight against corruption, even the corruption of opposition parties. So you do not really have the moral authority to preach now. Your party also made alliances with Shibu Soren and kept Yedyurappa going for a long time. You cannot be the prime minister now. Please do the country a favor, find a good candidate for the post of PM and throw your weight behind him. I think in today's scenario Nitish Kumar is the only politician who can be a good PM.

from:  Amar
Posted on: Aug 22, 2011 at 03:09 IST

At the time of Britishers leaving,Gandhiji had suggested a 'National Govt' made of professionals wherein the whole PM cabinet must be made of professionals,not politicians. Of late it looks Manmohansing has become politician.He is loosing his image very fast.Before it is too late,he too must take the Lamp and take the opportunity t become National Father befitting his original image.

from:  Ashok
Posted on: Aug 22, 2011 at 02:06 IST

Isnt this the same Mr Advani who protected Yedyurappa, when serious allegations of corruption were made against him, instead accusing other parties of conspiracies.He now has the cheek to ask for the PM to resign.

from:  Grenville
Posted on: Aug 22, 2011 at 01:56 IST

Advaniji,I had always voted for BJP so far. Now nothing you say would amount to anything as your party even after so much having transpired is refusing to take any stand on Jan Lokpal. To me it was not so important what is your stand as long as there was one. BJP is clearly waiting to capitalize as per the development.There is another horrific possibility here. Have you made a secret pact with congress that end of the day this bill must fail as it will hurt all of of your community. One won't need to pray for likes of Justice Hegde to remove some Yedurappa once Lokpal ( Jan Lokpal that is) is in place. After all what Patwari extorts is shared eventually by C.M.

from:  SatJeev
Posted on: Aug 22, 2011 at 01:52 IST

I wonder if this politician has anything constructive to suggest for the Country. What is his legacy: A Babri Demolition, the architect of 1992 riots, the Kandhahar negotiator, the leader who gave benefit of doubt to Varun Gandhi for his communal comments. I am not supporting Congress or BJP, but just as a politician what legitimacy does Advani has to dream of becoming the PM of the country. I am all for BJP if they have a suitable candidate to propose for the post of PM.

from:  Shubhendu Mohanty
Posted on: Aug 22, 2011 at 01:41 IST

The cat is out of the bag! So all this tamasha was to make the PM resign?

from:  Ramnath
Posted on: Aug 22, 2011 at 00:34 IST

Will you please answer the following questions: [1] Do you support the Jan Lokpal Bill proposed by Anna Team? & if yes, Will you vote in favor of Jan Lok Pal if presented in the Parliament. [2] Assuming your party forms the Government, {a} Can you give a TIME BOUND PROGRAM to bring the BLACK MONEY back to India? {b} Can you give a TIME BOUND PROGRAM to prosecute & send the culprits to Jail?{c} If your answers to the above questions {a} {b} are yes, please spell out your TIME BOUND PROGRAMS. [3] Describe the methodology you will adopt to halt the FARMERS from committing suicides. More FARMERS have committed suicide after the so called GREEN REVOLUTION than before. Your scrupulous answer is required for the above issue. [4] How will you, if BJP forms the government, prevent the MASS LOOTS perpetrated on the Indians - during your party rule & at a later stage, if your party loses the next election. Can you suggest a FOOL PROOF method - no matter who is ruling?

from:  Nagar
Posted on: Aug 21, 2011 at 23:42 IST

Clearly the Principal opposition party is trying to capitalize on weak and cornered congress party, which lacks a leader and political stimulus and sting to take brave bold and decisive steps towards facing the crisis. They have opened too many channels on too many fronts show that the have been reactive rather than being proactive. BJP had a tough decision to take when they were peppered by BSY but took a right decision making them all the more equipped to grill the government.

from:  Arun
Posted on: Aug 21, 2011 at 23:40 IST
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