Advani has no ''mukhota'' unlike Atal - Left to NDA allies

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New Delhi, Dec 12 (UNI) Stating that Mr L K Advani, the BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate for the next Lok Sabha elections, did not have even the ''mukhota''(mask) of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the Left parties today impressed upon the NDA allies to review their relationship with the saffron party whose politics was no longer relevant in the country.

The top Left leaders reminded the NDA allies that Mr Advani was the one who led two disastrous Rath yatras in 1990 and 1992, which brought the biggest ever cleavage among the religous communities, a man who thrived on hatred and division among the people and the one who could not keep the NDA flock together.

Talking to UNI, CPI leaders, Mr A B Bardhan and Mr Shamim Faizi said there was no compatibility between the leader of the NDA and the allies who claimed to be secular.

''With the BJP naming Mr Advani as the Prime Ministerial candidate, it is high time for the NDA allies to review their relationship with the BJP. Mr Advani has not got even the mukhota (mask), which Mr Vajpayee used to attract the secular allies,'' the CPI leaders said.

They said those who claimed that they had made the BJP keep the sensitive and the divisive issues on the backburner had now to come clear on the Advani issue.

CPI(M) senior leader and floor leader in the Lok Sabha Basudeb Acharia said the RSS had forced the BJP to name Mr Advani as the Prime Ministerial candidate on the eve of the Gujarat polls to cash on his ''hardliner image.'' ''But it will have no impact on the national political scene,'' he added.

Endorsing Mr Acharia's viewpoint, another senior party leader and Deputy leader in the Lok Sabha Mohammad Salim said the ground situation had now changed altogether in Gujarat with several reasons, mainly the anti-incumbency, the rejuvenated and unified strength of the opposition and the anti-Modi forces in the BJP, coming into play. ''The situation is very difficult for the BJP and still more difficult for the allies to accept the leadership of Mr Advani in the given situation,'' he added.

On Mr Advani being named as the Prime Ministerial candidate, Mr Salim said it was now immaterial as to who led the NDA. What was more important was the very survival of the alliance itself, he added. He also stressed that many constituents in the NDA got into the bandwagon seeing the face of Mr Vajpayee. ''It is hard to replace the face of Mr Vajpayee with that of Mr Advani's,'' he said.

It was endorsed by Forward Bloc National Secretary G Devrajan, who cited the instances of the DMK, TDP, AIADMK and Indian National Lok Dal having parted ways with the NDA. ''And there is no possibility of their rejoining the NDA even now.'' Certain constituents in the NDA, particularly the Akali Dal (Badal), the JD(U) and the BJD, have said that they had no problem with the BJP naming Mr Advani as the Prime Ministerial candidate.


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