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UPA's approach on Centre-state ties authoritarian: Advani

Last updated on: January 22, 2012 18:00 IST

Image: BJP leader LK Advani
Slamming the United Progressive Alliance government for its "authoritarian" approach towards states, Bharatiya Janata Party veteran L K Advani on Sunday said all those who believe in strong Centre-state relations should come together on it even as he praised Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa for highlighting the issue.

"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."


'Congress thinks it alone has right to govern India'

The BJP leader said the "same high-handed and authoritarian approach was also seen when it sought to impose its own version of the Lokpal and Lokayukta Bill on states."

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'

Image: AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa
Attacking the Centre, Advani also used the opportunity to term Jayalalithaa's AIADMK as 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.

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