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Politics is slippery in India: Advani

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L.K. Advani
L.K. Advani

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Releases book chronicling speeches of Venkaiah Naidu

HYDERABAD: BJP Parliamentary party leader L.K. Advani said on Saturday that politics was slippery, particularly in India, and political posts gave people a clout in society.

The political posts, however small, gave people a prestige in society far in excess of their intrinsic merit. A political activist with a small post can wield much more influence than professionals like doctors and engineers, Mr. Advani said, after releasing a book chronicling the speeches of the former BJP president, M. Venkaiah Naidu, here.

The function to mark the release of the 767-page book ‘Tireless voice – relentless journey,' which was brought out in English and Telugu was attended by a galaxy of leaders across parties. Those present included the Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj; her deputy Gopinath Munde; and Chief Ministers of three BJP-ruled States – B.S. Yeddyurappa (Karnataka), Shivraj Singh Chouhan (Madhya Pradesh) and Ramesh Pokhrial (Uttarakhand).

The speakers praised the rhythmic one-liner dialogues of Mr. Naidu but expressed fears about his extensive travels, often at the cost of his health. Sushma Swaraj even warned Mr. Naidu that he was playing with his life. Mr. Advani asked him to moderate his journeys.

The senior BJP leader said he earlier nursed a complex that he could not match the articulation of the former Prime Minister, A.B. Vajpayee. But, he revisited that complex now and found himself trying to match Mr. Naidu.

Referring to the gathering that comprised the Congress and the Telugu Desam leaders, he said he had long believed that there could be no political untouchability.

Ms. Swaraj said Mr. Naidu had broken two myths when he was chosen party president; one he was not a dummy candidate as was believed, and two he would be a flop with the masses while giving public speeches in the Hindi heartland.

She referred to instances when Mr. Naidu went out on tours regardless of the risks, including on one occasion when Naxalites set fire to the helicopter in which he travelled.

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