Assembly polls a semi-final ahead of LS battle: Gadkari

BJP president Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday said that Assembly elections in five states was “semi-final” for the Lok Sabha elections to be held in 2014.

Written by Navjeevan Gopal | Amritsar,jalandhar | Published:January 25, 2012 3:19 am

BJP president Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday said that Assembly elections in five states was “semi-final” for the Lok Sabha elections to be held in 2014.

“These elections are semi-finals of the Lok Sabha polls,” Gadkari said while appealing masses to vote for a party (BJP) which can reshape the future of the nation.

Addressing several meetings in Punjab,Gadkari also accused the Congress-led UPA of indulging in corrupt practices,including the 2G spectrum scam.

“While Punjab is progressing under the leadership of the Chief Minister Badal,the Congress leadership under Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh has destroyed the country,” he said and added that “to vote for Congress would mean to vote for corruption,inflation and black money.”

Accusing the UPA of meting out “step motherly” treatment to the states,where opposition parties of Congress were at the helm of affairs,Gadkari said,“Centre was not treating the opposition parties ruled states in an equal manner. This (approach) is in contrast to the federal structure of the country.”

To hammer home his point,he said,“Punjab,where SAD-BJP combine is in power,the UPA gave only Rs 5,000 crore under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act.”

Calling Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh an ‘Asahai Pradhanmantri’ (helpless Prime Minister) who had “no credibility or leadership quality”,Gadkari said that the present UPA government was “like a dead body which had eyes but cannot see,had ears but cannot hear and had feet but cannot walk”.

Expressing concern over national security,Gadkari asked why Afzal Guru,convicted for conspiracy in 2001 attack on Indian Parliament,was not being hanged to death even after six years of Supreme Court awarding death sentence to him.

Gadkari lashed out at the UPA for “wrong economic policies” and pushing country towards an “economic crisis”. “In India poor are getting poorer and rich,the richer,” he added.

In the Jalandhar rally,Gadkari not only “reminded the listeners about the various scams committed during the UPA government”,but he also spoke about the black money in foreign banks.

Assuring the the masses that the BJP will bring back all the black money after the party assumedc power at Centre. He said the BJP would invest the black money in strengthening infrastructure and other civic amenities.

Gadkari alleged the Centre was not ready to disclose the names of the people who have stashed their black money abroad “because of the simple reason as Congress party’s name will be blackened”.

Congress is the party of mother (Sonia Gandhi) and son (Rahul Gandhi) and other party leaders are like their employees who act as per the duo’s orders,he added.

“I belong to a party where there is a democratic set up and even a worker can reach the highest post,” he said while citing his own example. “I was a small worker of the party who used to paste posters and write party’s material on the walls,but today I am occupying the chair,which former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee used to occupy,” he added.

He told the audiences that BJP has been emerging stronger in Uttrakhand,Punjab and Goa where the elections are taking place in February month.

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