Pointing out that the country's prosperity should not be measured by the number of billionaires, the Bharatiya Janata Party leader added that poverty existed to this day. ''Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Bihar are progressing under BJP rule and nobody will label those as 'Bimaru','' Mr Advani claimed.
Admitting that an increasing paucity of grain was leading to inflation spiralling globally, he added that India could save itself by providing facilities to farmers. ''Peasants are committing suicide in several states but such cases are not taking place in Madhya Pradesh and I congratulate the state government in that regard,'' Mr Advani said.
The veteran leader recalled that the country's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru included die-hard non-Congress opponents Dr Ambedkar and Jana Sangh founder Shyama Prasad Mukherjee in the Cabinet on Mahatma Gandhi's advice and placed Dr Ambedkar in-charge of the law ministry while Dr Mukherji was given the industry portfolio. Mr Advani inaugurated the Dr Ambedkar memorial and unveiled a statue.