LK Advani slams Congress' Gandhi brand fixation

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Kolkata, Jul 11: Taking on the Congress' affection for dynasty politics, senior BJP leader LK Advani slammed the party's attempts to project the Gandhi family brand by spending crores for the same. He also added that the Gandhi's were trying to replace democratic rule with dynastic rule.

Speaking on the occasion of the 110th birth anniversary function of Dr Shyama Prasad Mookerjee who is the former deputy prime minister, Advani upped the ante against the Gandhi family by saying that there were close to 450 central projects that were presently underway in the names of Nehru, Indira Gandhi or Rajiv Gandhi.

He continued his tirade and commented, “Crores of rupees are being spent to project a family brand. Is this democracy? Democratic rule is being converted to dynastic rule". On the forgotten hero, Mookerjee on whose behalf the function was organised ,Advani said, “his birthday was on July 6. But did the All India Radio broadcast any special programme on the occasion? It seems the Independence of the country and its subsequent development has been brought about by only one family and no one else."

Further raising points on the Congress' Gandhi-fixation, Advani stated that he had also pointed out this fact in Parliament and said that five new projects were named after Nehru, Indira and Rajiv. He added, “I asked the Prime Minister (Manmohan Singh) who was in the House whether there was no one else in the country after whom the projects can be named. I told him, if you cannot find anyone, then why not name a project after the prime minister who made you the finance minister?"

Stating the achievements of Mookerjee, Advani said that the Bengali leader was involved in the drafting of the Constitution along with BR Ambedkar and was vehemently against the formulation of a separate constitution for Kashmir. He spoke on this, “In 1953, Jammu and Kashmir had a separate flag than the national tricolour. Shyama Prasad's campaign was to raise the national flag in J&K in which many died."

Addressing the issue of certain Kashmiri leaders calling for a pre-1953 position for the state, Advani commented, "does this mean that there will be a separate President and Prime Minister for the state? That the national tricolour will not fly there? That the Supreme Court of India, nor the CAG, nor the Election Commission would have jurisdiction there? No BJP activist can accept this."

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