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Advani backs Modi, says Achhe Din are closer


Ahmedabad: Senior BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said that PM and his government has worked well and they are on the track to bring Áchhe Din’ in the country.

He added that system takes some time but as the government has been doing the good work, the results will also be good.

He did not agree that recent price hike is a slump for the Modi government.

A few days ago after the defeat in Bihar polls, Advani had criticised Modi and had blamed him for it.  Today he said that BJP is much more conscious for the civic body elections in Gujarat.

He said better efforts have been made this time and the results will reflect that.

Advani also showed happiness that MPs are allowed to vote in the corporation polls now.

It seems that Advani’s comments are relevant to the present time. Now because there is an election, he praised Modi so that unity can be shown and support can be gathered and when BJP had lost an election and there was nothing to lose, he went hard at them.

Advani  and few other veterans of the BJP have been trying to keep their identity and status alive within the party. The rise of Modi and leaders like Amit Shah has put seniors on backfoot.

The centralisation of the power in any political party is never good. Ironically as soon as a party starts gaining power in India, this problem start surfacing.

While BJP has tried to play it down but bad results always bring confrontations and Shatrughan Sinha looks to be in that mode. Advani’s comments will be relief in this context.

The result of this poll, though, may bring back those demons.



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The BJP has sent top leaders to campaign in Chhattisgarh.

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India began on Monday the first of five state elections to be held in coming weeks, important tests for Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he plots a course that he hopes will ensure him victory in a general election due by May.

Voters in the central state of Chhattisgarh went to the polls on Monday to elect representatives for 18 of the state assembly’s 90 seats in a staggered poll complicated by logistical problems and left-wing guerrillas.

The state of about 26 million people has been ruled by Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) since 2003, and he will be hoping to hold on to power.

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“Some unholy people have handed guns to children who should have pens in their hands,” Modi told a rally in the state on Friday, referring to the rag-tag guerrillas battling government forces from forest hideouts. “They’ve finished the lives of our tribal children.”

Hundreds of election workers had to be flown in to remote polling stations by helicopter because of the danger posed by the rebels.

Modi called for voters to back his BJP and its vision of “development for all.”

The final phase of voting in Chhattisgarh, which is known for its coal, iron ore and bauxite reserves, will be on Nov. 20.

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The BJP was the preference of about 43 percent of voters in Chhattisgarh, 7 percentage points ahead of the main opposition Congress party, according to a survey released last week by the Lokniti-Centre for the Study of Developing Societies.

Modi’s other big tests will be in the neighboring central state of Madhya Pradesh, where the BJP is slightly ahead of Congress, according to polls, and in the northwestern state of Rajasthan, where Congress is expected to emerge victorious.

A good performance by the BJP in the elections would help it deflect growing criticism over unemployment and a crisis in the countryside over falling farm prices and wages.

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Elections will also be held for assemblies in Telangana in the south and Mizoram in the northeast.

The BJP has sent top leaders to campaign in Chhattisgarh, including Yogi Adityanath, a firebrand Hindu priest and the BJP chief minister in Uttar Pradesh state.

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Adityanath has been appealing to the BJP’s Hindu-nationalist base and on Sunday accused the opposition of blocking construction of a temple for Hindu god Ram on a disputed site in Uttar Pradesh.

The destruction of a mosque on the site by a Hindu mob in 1992 sparked deadly riots across the country. (VOA)