Regional parties lack national vision: Congress

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Lucknow, Oct 3 (UNI) Making a strong case for national parties, the Congress today contended the regional parties lacked a ''long term perspective.'' Talking to UNI here, newly-appointed spokesperson of AICC Mohan Prakash said the regional parties did not have proper view on the actual policies to be followed for the all-round development.

''People's representatives have to look beyond installing hand pumps. We have to talk about the overall development of the people,'' he said.

The AICC spokesperson claimed that now the country was divided into two groups. ''One comprises those who are forward looking, while the other represents those who are looking at today's situation with spectacles of yesteryears,'' he added.

Mr Prakash said out of the 66 crore voters in the country, 26 crore cane in the 18 to 35 year age group. ''These voters do not appreciate any compromise in their race for development.'' The AICC spokesperson said though the position on the nuclear issue would be clear after the October 5 UPA-Left meeting, the party was sure that the hurdles came in way of implementing the agreement would be overcome.

''We have faced obstacles since efforts were made to establish long-term relationships with the then Soviet Union. When banks were nationalised, when late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi started work for IT and telecome revolutions, when the then Finance Minister Dr Manmohan Singh talked of economic reforms, Congress faced stiff resistence,'' he added.

UNI

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