Advani predicts new LS by early 2008

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Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, Sep 20: Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha and Senior BJP leader L K Advani has predicted that ''a new Lok Sabha might be in place by early 2008.'' Addressing a public meeting at Palayamkottai last night, Mr Advani said issues like the Left's opposition to the Indo-US nuclear deal and DMK's stance on the Ram Sethu would result in a ''change in Indian politics in the near future''.

He appealed to partymen to gear up for early Lok Sabha polls in view of the political changes occurring in the country.

Launching a scathing attack on the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government at the Centre for allegedly failing to protect the sovereign rights of the country on the nuclear deal, the Former deputy prime minister alleged that the Congress-led government had given a written undertaking that ''India will not conduct nuclear tests in the future, for getting fuel and equipment for nuclear reactors.

Stating the BJP was against this clause as it would affect the country's military preparedness badly, he recalled that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government at the Centre, led by BJP, had conducted nuclear tests at Pokhran despite pressure from the US.

Charging the UPA Government with hurting the sentiments of the people through its affidavit in the apex court on the Ram Sethu, Mr Advani demanded an apology from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi owning moral responsibility for the same.

BJP Spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad, who was also present, threatened to launch a struggle against the DMK Government in Tamil Nadu on reservation for minorities.

He said the state's decision would affect the Backward community and the Dalit Hindus.


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