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Advani on BSY: Must keep our house in order

Advani initially parried a question on Yeddyurappa,the BJP's first chief minister in south India,but later admitted that the party suffered embarrassment on account of his arrest.

Pressed on the matter,L K Advani today admitted that former Karnataka chief minister B S Yeddyurappa’s arrest in an alleged land scam had caused embarrassment to the party.

“Small mistakes by others are embarrassing the party leadership… no party can win the confidence of the people against the present corruption of the Congress party if its own house is bedevilled by similar weaknesses,” Advani added,speaking at a press conference here as part of his anti-corruption yatra.

Advani initially parried a question on Yeddyurappa,the BJP’s first chief minister in south India,but later admitted that the party suffered embarrassment on account of his arrest.

“We don’t take our internal weaknesses lightly. This thing was vindicated in Karnataka clearly. We had cautioned him but once the report (of Lokayukta on illegal mining) came,he had to quit… There may be chances of a slip-up so I am telling every one in the party to remain vigilant,” he said.

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Describing the current political situation as “very uncertain”,the senior BJP leader said that no one can predict what is likely to happen. However,Advani admitted,the government would be brought down if one of the UPA members wants to pull it down. “The Opposition by itself cannot pull it down.”

According to him,yesterday’s bypoll results were “significant” as the Congress and its allies had lost from everywhere.

First published on: 19-10-2011 at 01:43 IST
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