No tickets to those with criminal background: Advani

October 19, 2008: The Indian Express
L K Advani of BJP and prime ministerial candidate on Saturday announced that his party would not field any candidate with a criminal background in the forthcoming general elections even if the prospective candidate was on a winning wicket.

Addressing a “Vijay Sankalp¶ rally, Advani said that the time had come to bring “purity and suchita¶ into politics and his party would not give tickets to any candidate with a criminal background. If put into practice in UP, this implies that the BJP would have to find a replacement for strongman Ramakant Yadav who was expected to fight the forthcoming Lok Sabha election from the Azamgarh seat.

Elucidating on the mantra of “clean politics, secure India¶, Advani hit out at the UPA Government for playing crude vote-bank politics rather than tackling the home grown terrorism in the country. Making it clear that only a handful of the minority were involved in the recent Terror attacks, the BJP leader urged the Muslims to see through the Congress party and Samajwadi party sympathy game which was only aimed at garnering votes.

Besides Advani, the well-attended rally had a host of speakers including prospective BJP candidate from Varanasi Murli Manohar Joshi, UP in-charge Arun Jaitley, State party president Ramapati Tripathi and state election in-charge Kalraj Mishra.

In his speech, Advani targeted the Centre and ally Samajwadi Party for being on the side of those killed in the Batla House police encounter and accused both for compromising national security in the name of votes. He said that the UPA government had lost its right to remain in office on account of its policies on terror and financial management of the country.

Although Murli Manohar Joshi talked about the negative impact of globalisation and the current meltdown, he was heckled by supporters of local MLA Anand Rai, who is aspiring for the Lok Sabha seat from Varanasi. With the city electorate in mind, he gave assurances on cleaning of the Ganges and restoring the former glory of the holy city.

Party General Secretary Arun Jaitley summed it up by saying that during the UPA regime, neither the people, nor the country or the savings were secure (na hum, na desh, na bachat surakshit hai). He too blamed the UPA government for fiscal mismanagement and castigated it for being anti-people and siding with terrorists.


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