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Congress or BJP will lead next government: Advani


Uluberia (West Bengal) : Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) prime ministerial candidate L.K. Advani Wednesday said Left parties couldn’t be more mistaken if they believe that the Third Front will ever come to power.

“If a government is formed, it will always either be BJP-led or Congress-led,” Advani said at an election rally in this Lok Sabha constituency where polling will be held May 7, the fourth phase of the general elections in India.

“If communist parties think the Third Front will come to power, then they are wrong,” the 81-year-old BJP leader said.

Expressing concern over the Taliban militia spreading to eastern parts of Pakistan close to the border with India, Advani said the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government had failed to curb terrorism in the country.

“Threat from the Taliban is just 20 km away from the Indian border but this government is just not capable of fighting terror. There have been so many terrorist attacks in the country over the last five years and hardly any terrorist has been caught,” he said.

Earlier on his arrival in Kolkata, the BJP leader slammed the Congress and the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) for their “opportunistic” tie-up after 2004 polls.

“The 2004 alliance between the Congress and the CPI-M was totally opportunistic. It was based upon simply a negative consideration that the BJP be kept out. There was nothing in common between the two,” Advani told reporters.

“Now the Congress and the CPI-M will have to bear the wages of opportunism,” he said.

The CPI-M-led Left parties had provided crucial support to the UPA government for four years since 2004. The Left parties withdrew support from the government in mid 2008 protesting against the India-US civilian nuclear deal.

At his election rally in Uluberia, nearly 50 km from Kolkata, Advani said: “People today don’t have employment in villages because of which they come to the cities. In the cities too, there are no jobs, and therefore they settle down in slums.”

“With our IT vision, we are going to provide computer education in all villages. According to the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, every boy and girl should get education, but this is not enough. Computer education is necessary and we will ensure that everyone gets it, for IT enabled jobs,” he added.

He said the Left Front government in West Bengal was anti-development. “If Tata wanted to get the Nano here, it was good. However the interest of the farmer had to be kept in mind.”