Advani asks UPA govt to seek confidence vote on Nuclear deal

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Rourkela, Jun 29 (UNI) BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Lal Krishna Advani today asked the Congress led UPA government to seek a confidence motion in the wake of present political situation arising over the Indo-US nuclear deal.

Launching the election campaign (Vijay Sankalap rally), popularly called as Resolve of Victory along with its alliance partner BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik, Mr Advani said if the UPA government did not seek the confidence of parliament, the BJP would move a no-confidence motion against the union government on the nuclear deal.

The BJP leader said the fall of the UPA government was imminent and it could collapse at any moment.

He pleaded for simultaneous elections to both the Lok Sabha and state assemblies in the interest of the country.

Mr Advani said earlier in 1952, 1957 and 1962 elections were held simultaneously both for the state assemblies and Lok Sabha but the system was changed since 1971 with one or two states facing elections every year.

The BJP leader said the UPA government was wasting its time fighting with the Left on nuke deal instead of concentrating on various burning issues and developmental activities.

''We can not sacrifice our atomic energy and future test at Pokharan by signing an agreement with the USA, he said.

He said the NDA government during its rule had given top priority to national security and corss border terrorism. Naxal activities were under control due to frequent inter- state coordination meeting of Naxal affected districts which was abolished by the present UPA government.

Mr Advani criticised the UPA government for the increasing Naxal acitivities in different states and unprecedented rise in prices of essential commodities.

He announced that the BJP would make price rise, farmers suicide, national security and development as the poll planks in the ensuing elections and appealed to the party activists not to be over confident like the 2004 elections but work with full dedication.

The senior BJP leader said the party would announce its candidates in August this year well before the scheduled time adding that if voted to power, his government would provide drinking water and communication facilities to all villages and take steps to eradicate poverty.

In Orissa, he said the BJP would fight the elections jointly with its alliance partner BJD.

Speaking on the occasion Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik gave a detail list of developmental activities taken during the eight year rule of the BJD-BJP government in the state.

Mr Patnaik said inspite of the frequent natural calamities and non cooperation of the union government the state had achieved tremendous success in agriculture and industry sector.

The Chief Minister regretted that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had not released single rupee towards flood grant for the state despite his commitment in August 2006 for providing an assistance of Rs 200 crore.

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