Advani warns UPA against dismissing Orissa govt

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New Delhi, Oct 6 (UNI) Warning the Congress-led UPA against resorting to Article 356 to dismiss the Orissa government in the wake of violence in Kandhamal, BJP leader L K Advani today said it would pay a ''very heavy price'' for the misadventure.

Speaking at the 'Vijay Sankalp Rally' here to mark the beginning of the Assembly election campaign in Delhi, BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate said any plans to impose President's Rule in Orissa would prove very very costly for the government.

Referring to Home Minister Shivraj Patil's recent comment where he said the government was thinking of using Article 356 in Orissa because of the ongoing violence in the state, Mr Advani said, ''I warn the government against such a misadventure the consequences of which would be disastrous and prove very, very costly for them.'' While accusing the Congress of being more concerned about securing its vote bank than the country's security in the wake of continuous terror attacks, the BJP leader said the Manmohan Singh government lacked the will and desire to fight terror that had affected the nation all over.

''It's due to the Congress-led government's lackadiasical approach that Afzal's hanging stands suspended for over three years, Pakistani flags were hoisted in Assam and Kashmir, and money collected to support and fight terrorists cases, nowhere has the government shown its will or desire to fight terror.'' Besides, despite several terrorist acts in the last three years, no strong law had been brought to curb the menace, thereby giving an impression that it lacked the will and desire to face the challenge, he told the rallyists.

''Fortunately, the BJP is not a victim of vote bank politics and is capable of fighting terror in all its forms and manifestations.'' Lauding the works done by Delhi BJP's Chief Ministerial candidate V K Malhotra during his tenure as Delhi Municipal Corporation chief, Mr Advani while endorsing his candidature for the post said that under him, Delhi would once again retain its lost glory.

''Our efforts should be to strengthen the nation under him.

beginning with Delhi.'' In his address, Mr V K Malhotra said his effort and focus would be to make Delhi safe and free from fear.

''We have plans to make Delhi beautiful, safe and progressive, but not by uprooting others but through our own approach where people live away from the fear of terror and in peace and togetherness.'' Spelling out his priorities for the forthcoming Assembly elections, Mr Malhotra said that after his party comes to power, his first priority would be to get full land and building rights from the Centre along with full control over the police force.

''We will ensure full statehood for Delhi so that the problems like terror, and crime ensnaring Delhi are tackled effectively.'' For the first time, after announcement of V K Malhotra's candidature for the Delhi CM post, both earlier contenders -- state president Harsh Vardhan and party All India general secretary Vijay Goel -- came together, during today's rally, on the stage to support Mr Malhotra as party's 'would be CM' of Delhi.

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