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Varun reminds advani of JP

Varun reminds advani of JP

Publication: Free Press Journal
Date: April 2, 2009

It was a day of quotable of quotes with three senior BJP leaders exhibiting a propensity to put their foot in their mouth.

Senior BJP leader LK Advani found himself in the distinguished company of Sushma Swaraj and Jaswant Singh when he compared Varun Gandhi's arrest under NSA to the detention of political stalwarts like Jai Prakash Narayan, Morarji Desai and Atal Bihari Vajpayee during Emergency.

Advani was quoted by a television channel as saying, "I remember the Emergency when great patriots like Jai Prakash Narayan, Morarji Desai and Atal Bihari Vajpayee were arrested under the MISA on the ground that they were a threat to national security".

In the same breath, Advani criticized the Mayawati government for using NSA during election time, describing it as perverse mentality and warning that history had proved that the detenus were vindicated in the elections. "People should not forget that elections were held after Emergency and those who were jailed triumphed. Nothing can be more perverse than using NSA during elections," Advani said. The Congress dismissed Advani's remarks as untenable. Congress spokesperson Ashwini Kumar said, "I can only sympathise with Advani. Anyone who is a student of history and anyone who is a student of contemporary politics knows that these were widely different contexts." "It is clear that the BJP, as a part of its well-calibrated strategy, is seeking to lionise one individual whose blatantly communal utterances have had the effect of dividing the society", Kumar added. Earlier in the day Jaswant Singh unabashedly admitting to doling out money at an election rally, saying that he is merely serving the poor. (I am duty bound to help the poor. If the Congress thinks helping the poor is a crime, I can't help it.") A few hours later, senior party leader, Sushma Swaraj, was quoted by news agencies as saying in Bhopal, "I am not sure if the NDA will get a majority."

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