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The BJP leader predicts hung Parliament after polls

Glamour does not work in elections, says the BJP leader

Addresses a public meeting in Vijayawada

GUNTUR: Congress party is a loner now with Telangana Rashtra Samithi, Communist Party of India and Communist Party of India (Marxist) quitting their alliance and the eroding confidence on the party among people also makes difficult for it to come to power, says BJP leader M. Venkaiah Naidu.

At a press conference here on Tuesday on the sidelines of his campaign for party candidates in the city, he said that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was only a puppet in the hands of AICC president Sonia Gandhi. “He has failed to control the prices, take action on the perpetrators of terrorism in all parts of the country and even failed to act on Afzal Guru, who has been convicted,” he added.

Agriculture crisis in the country peaked during these five years. The price rise lead to more than 5 crore people in the country coming under the ‘Below Poverty Line’ category and it was a shame that an economist being at the helm of affairs could not do anything, he opined.

Predicting a hung parliament, he foresaw a re-entry of Left parties into the UPA or supporting the Congress to form a Government despite their tough posturing now. “The Third Front was like a Third Parking Lot and Fourth Front was outer parking and when the results are declared, only the Congress-led and BJP-led fronts will remain in the picture,” he added.

Referring to Chiranjeevi’s Praja Rajyam Party, Mr. Naidu said there was no question of glamour working in elections as grammar was essential.

Dig at Left parties

VIJAYAWADA: Claiming that only the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) could provide a stable government and ensure security to the country, Mr. Naidu said that the Congress had no right to seek vote from the people in the ensuing elections. He accused the Left parties of having a share in the failures and corrupt practices of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the Centre.

Addressing a public meeting on the premises of Gandhiji Municipal High School, which was preceded by an impressive roadshow from Komala Vilas Centre, Mr. Naidu wondered why the leaders of other political parties were not even uttering a word like ‘Hindu’. “I don’t know what is wrong in reciting ‘Vande Mataram’ in government programmes. In a bid to appease certain groups, distortion of Indian culture and history is going on for decades,” he said.

Mr. Naidu called for treating every person equally before the law, saying there should be no difference in the name of religion or population. “The BJP will take steps to award capital punishment to Afzal Guru,” he announced, amidst applause from the cadre, referring to the person who was sentenced to life by the Supreme Court in the attack on Parliament.

Price rise

On the prices of commodities, he charged the UPA government with failing on all fronts, including in regulation of prices of commodities. “The Left parties too are to be blamed for the situation. They supported the UPA government. Still, they are not making clear that they are not going to support the Congress anymore,” he said, and called upon people to vote for the BJP to make L.K. Advani the Prime Minister.