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NDA parties must speak in one voice: Advani

NEW DELHI MARCH 30. The "select" meeting of NDA constituents and the BJP today discussed measures that would help the ruling coalition at the Centre to successfully face the general elections next year.

The Deputy Prime Minister, L.K. Advani, insisted at the meeting that all NDA parties must speak in "one voice". Once a matter was discussed and a decision taken, there should no dissenting voices from within the coalition. (Recently, even on the issue of Iraq, several NDA partners were not satisfied with the Government's "middle path" approach and said as much, and in Jharkhand recently, and Manipur earlier, NDA "partners'' were openly at war with each other in the States).

Listing of one's achievements was one thing, but the important task was to ensure that people's perceptions were in tune with that, he added.

`Six subjects discussed'

Talking to presspersons at the end of the day-long meet, the BJP president, Venkaiah Naidu, said six subjects, among them, issues that could influence the elections, speeding up the implementation of programmes and policies that would directly benefit the people, new measures to be taken, better projection of achievements and, finally, steps to ensure a smoother relationship between NDA partners, were discussed.

The Prime Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee, he said, emphasised that completion of five years in office could only be seen as a milestone, not a goal by itself. The mission should be to take the country forward towards parity with developed nations.

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