Advani calls upon people to exercise franchise in large numbers

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Jhabua, MP, Nov 23 (UNI) Hailing the character of democracy in the country as ''true democracy'' and pointing out that the electorate was annually spurting by thousands, the BJP's prime ministerial nominee L K Advani today issued a clarion call to educated and aware people to compulsorily exercise their franchise.

While addressing a poll meeting in the headquarters of this tribal-dominated district, Mr Advani told people to review the tenure of the Centre's Congress-led regime during which inflation, terrorism, infiltration and peasants' suicide had been common.

He alleged that Sadhvi Pragya Thakur was being subjected to atrocities, while efforts were being made to protect Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru from hanging.

Mr Advani was accorded a traditional welcome with bow and arrows and tribal attire 'Jhuldi (jacket)'.

Former MP Dilip Singh Bhuria, who joined the BJP recently, also addressed the meeting, while Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi addressed election meetings in nearby Alirajpur district.

Addressing another poll meeting in Mandsaur, Mr Advani said democracy was becoming more mature and changes could be seen in the election system to avoid irregularities.

Pointing out that only a few highly-educated and rich people exercised their franchise while less educated people to cast their votes were more in number, he said casting votes should be made mandatory.

Advocating two-party system for the country like in the US, he said two main parties -- the BJP and the Congress -- had to enter into electoral alliance with small parties anyway. For the past 45 years, only one party was ruling the country. The BJP -- earlier Jan Sangh -- came into existence later.

Observing that public re-elected a party only after assessing it properly, Mr Advani called upon people to vote in the favour of the BJP in Madhya Pradesh.

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