Recharged by Karnataka win, BJP shifts into poll gear

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New Delhi, Jun 2 (UNI) Recharged by the historic win in Karnataka, the two-day BJP National Executive meet concluded here today, virtually putting the organisation into ''poll gear'' and asking the people to replace the ''weak and paralysed UPA Government" at the Centre with an NDA government in the coming 2009 Lok Sabha election.

The Executive adopted three resolutions-- Foreign, Economic and Political--highlighting the UPA Government's all round failures.

The deliberations at the meeting also marked the severe condemnation by Chief Ministers of BJP-ruled states about the step-motherly treatment meted out by the Centre in regard to allocation of resources and assistance.

NDA's Prime Ministerial candidate L K Advani, in his 'margdarshan' (roadmap) to the partymen, asked them to reach out every nook and corner of the country to expose the UPA's failures and win the confidence of 100 million new voters, half of them women, who would exercise their franchise for the first time in the 2009 Lok Sabha election.

Mr Advani said the political atmosphere was in favour of the BJP and the partymen should capitalise on the opportunity to oust the incompetent Manmohan Singh Government which he described as "a threat to the nation".

He said the BJP's victory in Karnataka had not only boosted the morale of partymen but ''pushed shell-shocked Congress to depression.'' The BJP, he said, must better its 1999 performance in the coming hustings. The BJP at present was the front-runner and it must emerge into a clear winner, he said.

The party should retain power in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chattisgarh and wrest Delhi, he said.

With inflation touching a four-year peak of 8.1 per cent, the BJP said in its economic resolution the sooner the aam aadmi shows the UPA Government the door, it would be better for him.

The party said Finance Minister P Chidambaram had already expressed his helplessness about dealing with the situation and the sooner the aam aadmi showed the UPA government the door, it is better for him.

Accusing the UPA government of not doing anything to improve the conditions of the common man, the party said the economy of surpluses had been transformed into an economy of shortages. The situation was going from bad to worse every week and the real time inflation was frightening with the prices of essential commodities rising from 50 to 120 per cent during the last four years.

It assailed the Prime Minister for his remarks the Government could not bear the subsidy bill to rise any further, and regretted the attitude of the UPA Government.

Senior BJP leader and former Finance Minister in the NDA Jaswant Singh said soaring prices and inflation are basically because of the failure of the administration and its inability to manage the available fiscal resources.

Charging the UPA Government with not having consulted political parties on the sensitive Indo-US nuclear deal issue, the BJP in its Foreign Policy resolution categorically stated that the Indo-US relations were "vitally important" but should not be reduced to a single issue of nuclear cooperation.

Mr Singh described Bangladesh as a ''new hub of terror'' while releasing the resolution on ''Foreign Policy-National Security and UPA's Disastrous Governance'' adopted at the party's National Executive meeting late last night.

''Bangladesh is a great worry (for us)... it has become what Pakistan was seven years ago...an epicentre of terrorism,'' he said adding ''the terrorists operating in the Northeast get shelter in Bangladesh.'' Criticising the 'weak' policy of the government towards terrorism, Mr Singh said Bangladesh has now become a centre of ISI activities which was spreading terror in India and harbouring terror groups, particularly ULFA, active in the Northeast region.

Eds: Here pick up suitably from earlier series.

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