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Post elections, infighting to grow in UPA: BJP
April 16, 2006 16:48 IST
Bharatiya Janata Party President Rajnath Singh on Sunday said the outcome of the assembly elections in five states, particularly West Bengal and Kerala, would intensify 'inner contradictions' within the United Progressive Alliance.
"UPA parties are already fighting among themselves. After the assembly polls, their fight will intensify," Rajnath told reporters, wrapping up the second leg of his 5,500-km 'Bharat Suraksha Yatra,' which began from Bhubaneswar on April 6.
Singh, who has so far covered almost 2,000 km, travelling through naxalite-infested areas of Orissa, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Bihar, will resume the third leg of his yatra from the temple town of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh on April 18.
The BJP president said response to the Yatra in the four states showed that people acknowledged the issues raised by the party, particularly the rise in prices of essential commodities and the growing naxalite and terrorist violence.
He claimed that disenchantment of the people with the UPA was growing within just two years of the coalition coming into power and added that if it did not improve its performance, the voters may reject it in the next Lok Sabha polls.
Singh, who left for West Bengal for two-day electioneering, alleged that the Centre had lost all its credibility because of the presence of 'tainted' persons in the government and a number of scams like Iraq oil payoff deal, Mitrokhin Archive controversy and Bofors payoff.
He accused the UPA government of undermining the "dignity" of constitutional bodies like the office of the Governor and the Election Commission.
Referring to the plight of farmers in the country, he said the large number of suicides was a matter of serious concern and demanded immediate implementation of the Agriculture Income Insurance Scheme for them.
The former agriculture minister said that when he was in the National Democratic Alliance government, he had drafted the scheme to ensure that farmers were provided insurance on the basis of average annual output for the last six-seven years if their crops failed.
"The Centre should take states into confidence and ensure early implementation of the scheme," he said.
Asked about his opinion on the performance of the NDA government in Bihar, of which BJP is a partner, Singh said people were happy with the performance of the four-month old Nitish Kumar ministry as law and order situation had improved and efforts were underway to bring the state back on the rails.
The BJP president addressed nearly 100 public and roadside meetings in the four states, accusing the UPA government of minority appeasement. At all these places, his public meetings continued till almost midnight and the turnout was quite impressive though he ran behind schedule by 4-6 hours.
The BJP chief spoke about building Ram temple at Ayodhya, need for having a national debate on common civil code and demanded surveillance on ISI activities. Singh's yatra will now take him to Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan and Haryana enroute New Delhi.
He also raised issues of religious conversions and influx of infiltrators from Bangladesh, which he said was 'altering the demography of the society.'
While passing through the naxalites-infested areas of the four states, he demanded an integrated action plan to deal with the menace and said it was a national problem, which had to be tackled jointly by the Centre and the states. He alleged that the repeal of Prevention of Terrorist Activities Act was a sign of the UPA 'succumbing to pressure from certain quarters.'