BJP not to compromise with territorial integrity: Advani

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Itanagar, Oct 12 (UNI) Leader of Opposition and BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate L K Advani has said his party would not compromise territorial integrity and would ''take care of'' Arunachal Pradesh if voted to power.

Addressing a large gathering at the Vijay Sankalp rally held at Pasighat under East Siang district yesterday, Mr Advani asserted that Arunachal Pradesh was an integral part of India, and China should realise that India would not compromise either on Arunachal or Jammu&Kashmir.

''India is ready to negotiate with China for finding a solution to the boundary dispute while making no compromise on any part of its territory,'' he said.

Mr Advani also urged the people of the state to vote for BJP in the next Lok Sabha polls for bringing all round development of the state.

''Power is in the hands of people to change the present trend of corruption and economic mismanagement which are primarily responsible for the rise in prices of essential commodities,'' he said, claiming the NDA government had maintained a sound economic management keeping prices under control.

Coming down on the Congress government for citing global price rise of petrol for the growth in inflation, he reminded that the NDA government also had to import petrol and diesel from abroad but could keep prices under check.

''Every Indian was proud for India becoming a nuclear power after the Pokhran-II nuclear test in 1998,'' he maintained.

Referring to the recent violence and killings in Orissa and Karnataka followed by attack on Christians, he said it was not a good sign.

Mr Advani, who had issued a statement saying vandalism and violence against any religion was wrong, drew appreciation from a delegation of Arunachal Christian Forum (ACF), which had called on him today.

Earlier, Mr Advani opened a photo exhibition and greeted the people in local Adi language. This was his sixth visit to Arunachal Pradesh as member of a parliamentary committee.

He visited the Donyi Polo Gangging and offered prayers. He also congratulated the two MPs from Arunachal-- Kiren Rijiju and Tapir Gao-- for ''resisting the temptation'' in the cash for vote scandal which rocked the nation during the trust vote.

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