Advani promises good governance, security, development

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Hyderabad, Oct 23 (UNI) Promising good governance, security and development, if his party was voted to power, BJP Prime Ministerial candidate L K Advani tonight observed that the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections would present both, a test and an opportunity, to the non-Congress and non-left parties in Andhra Pradesh.

Accepting felicitations at a function to mark the release of his Telugu version of his autobiography My Country, My Life (''Naa Desam, Naa Jeevitham''), he stressed the need for a strong and stable government to tackle the multiple challenges facing the country, including terrorism.

''There should be zero tolerance to terrorism,'' he underscored.

While smaller parties should have a say, with India entering the era of coalition government at the Centre, they should contribute to the formation of a strong and stable government.

''We are passing a difficult time as far as the economic situation is concerned. On the one hand, all sections of the people, especially the commonman are tormented by unprecedented price rise.On the other hand, economic growth has suddenly slowed down to an extent when fears of a prolonged recession are in the air.'' ''The sharp downslide is visible in the stock market, real estate, Hotel and Aviation industry and in almost all other sectors of the economy. Tens of thousands of people are losing jobs. Salary cuts are taking place. As a result there is a great insecurity among all sections of the society including the class to which many of the people attending the programme belong''.

The situation required a strong government with clearcut policies, he said, hoping that ''we can certainly surmount the present crisis in the economy''.

''I see tremendous energy, ambition and enterpreneurship in the youth of India, especially in the young people of Andhra Pradesh.

The Telugu diaspora in many countries around the world also displays energy, ambition and enterpreneurship'', he added.

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