Party System Is Like a Battlefield: Advani

Party System Is Like a Battlefield: Advani
Comparing building a party to a battle field involving two armies, BJP leader L K Advani today said challenging the Congress' hegemony was one of the party's biggest achievements.

Tracing the journey of BJP from the Jan Sangh days, he said it had become one of the top two recognised political parties in the country ensuring a bi-polar polity.

"This was not a casual achievement but the result of systematic planning by leaders and cadre," he told the two-day state conference of Tamil Nadu unit of the BJP here.

Comparing building a party to that of a battlefield involving two armies, the former deputy prime minister said victory was determined by various factors including the Generals, commanders and strategy.

BJP veterans, the late Shyamaprasad Mukherjee and Deendayal Upadhyaya and former prime minister A B Vajpayee were the Generals who had brought the party to what it was today, ensuring a bi-polar polity, Advani said.

As part of BJP's efforts to break the Congress stronghold, it had "carefully built" relationship with leaders including late Jayaprakash Narayan, Ram Manohar Lohia and Morarji Desai.

On the yatras undertaken by him, he said they were efforts to promote "genuine secularism".

He said that if a country had to become a superpower, it could happen only with good governance, promoting welfare of weaker sections and ensuring all-round security.

Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj, who headed an all-party MPs delegation to Sri Lanka to assess the rehabilitation for displaced Tamils in the island, in her speech hit out at the critics of the visit who had dubbed it as a "picnic" or "guided tour".

"I am sorry that both DMK and AIADMK withdrew their nominees in the eleventh hour. There was an apprehension in the media that it will be a picnic or junket tour," she said, adding, "I can very emphatically say we proved them wrong."

"If they had come they would have seen their apprehensions were misplaced... Those who thought it was a picnic. We worked from 6.30 am till 11.30 PM. All the time it was work and work and no fun," she said.

Wherever they went they had free and fair discussions with the people and their grievances were conveyed to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse.

The Indian delegation pressed for implementation of recommendations of Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) and devolution of powers to Tamils in the aftermath of the end of the ethnic strife.

Taking a dig at voices in Tamil Nadu demanding a separate Ealam (home land for Tamils), she said while Sri Lankan Tamil leader R Sambandan had conveyed to her the need for a solution under a unified Sri Lanka "why are you raising separatist voice"

She did not name any outfit but her remarks come in the backdrop of parties like DMK, MDMK and PMK insisting on a separate homeland as the solution to the Tamils problem in Sri Lanka.

She also hit out at criticism of her accepting gifts from Rajapakse, saying it was done in the capacity of representing India and that she had deposited them in Parliament.
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