UPA's approach on Centre-state ties authoritarian: Advani
"Making states strong does not lead to making the Centre weak. We need a strong Centre, but the Centre cannot become strong unless the states become strong," Advani wrote in his latest blog posting.
He said Jayalalithaa had flagged the issue during a recent meeting of the National Development Council where she maintained that she was not sure whether "the Government of India recognises the states as partners, leave alone equal partners, and respects their viewpoint."
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Image: BJP leader LK Advani
'Congress thinks it alone has right to govern India'
He said this was opposed by the BJP, its National Democratic Alliance and also by All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and even key UPA partner Trinamool Congress.
"The moot point is that the Congress has learnt no lesson from the past. It still deludes itself by thinking that it alone has the right to govern India," he said, adding, "All those who believe in democracy and healthy Centre-State relations must come together to defeat this arrogant mindset."
'AIADMK is BJP's natural ally'
He said though AIADMK is not formally a part of the NDA, the informal floor coordination with the party in Parliament has been growing.Advani recalled that he had thanked the Tamil Nadu government for averting a bomb threat to his Jan Chetna yatra when it was passing through Madurai region.
Image: AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa