Monday, October 06, 2008

Advani at it again: Defends Naveen Patnaik government and warns center against imposing article 356

New Delhi, Oct 5 (PTI) Charging the Congress-led UPA government with adopting double standards, the BJP today warned it against imposing President's rule in Orissa warned the Centre will have to pay "a heavy price" if it went ahead with its threat.
Senior BJP leader and the party's Prime Ministerial candidate L K Advani said while the Centre has not taken any stringent step in Assam and West Bengal despite large-scale violence, Home Minister Shivraj Patil warned the Orissa government of President's rule.
"The Centre will have to pay a heavy price if it imposes President's rule in Orissa," Advani said addressing 'Vijay Sankalp' rally organised by the Delhi BJP here.
Advani said there were reports that Bangladeshi infiltrators had hoisted Pakistani flags in Assam. He alleged the Tarun Gogoi-led state government as well as the Centre have failed to take any action on it.
"In Orissa, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik took prompt action and several of those who indulged in the heinous crime are languishing in jails...The state government has also ordered a judicial probe into the incidents," claimed the former Deputy Prime Minister.
Referring to violence in West Bengal's Nandigram and the ongoing clashes between Bodos and Bangladeshi migrants in Assam, he charged the UPA Government with turning a blind eye to the incidents in these two states.
"The government talks of imposing Article 356 in Orissa but not in Assam and West Bengal," Advani said in an apparent attack on the Home Minister. PTI