Friday, October 21, 2011

I don’t favour ‘right to recall’, will lead to perpetual instability: Advani

I don’t favour ‘right to recall’, will lead to perpetual instability: Advani

L K Advani on Friday said he was against the ‘right to recall’ of elected legislators as it would lead to “perpetual instability” in the nation. He was talking to media in Kolkata on the 11th day of his Jan Chetna Yatra.

“The right to recall has not been accepted by any country except one or two small ones where it may be possible to implement it properly, not in a huge country like India where it would lead to perpetual instability,” Advani said.

The former deputy Prime Minister said there was a time when he was in favour of it but not now. What he is in favour of now are larger electoral reforms in terms of stopping the use of money power. “I am in favour of electoral reforms and particularly in respect of the growing influence of money power in the elections.”

He justified his comments of Manmohan Singh being “a weak Prime Minister”. The Prime Minister has responded by saying that one should not use harsh words. “If calling a spade, a spade, is wrong, I plead guilty,” Advani said.

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“The Prime Minister claims he is hurt because I call him the weakest PM since Jawaharlal Nehru. But what I said was a political statement. There is no harshness in it.”

The BJP leader also raised the issue of the relationship with Bangladesh and the recent visit of the PM to the neighbouring country.

“What has emerged is a disappointment,” Advani said pointing out that like Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee, who is miffed as she was not consulted over the Teesta Water treaty, the government did not consult the BJP on issues like the transfer of territory from Assam to Bangladesh.

In Ranchi, where he took a flight to, he continued his tirade against “the corrupt UPA” government.

“I have written to the PM to quickly initiate steps to bring back black money stashed away in foreign banks. Six lakh villages in the country lack roads, potable water, good schools, hospitals and electricity. Once black money is back, all these will become a reality. And I believe that it would help create a new India,” he said addressing an impressive rally in the Jharkhand capital.

“Switzerland has already enacted the Restitution of Illicit Assets Act. It was a sequel to Western countries and the US exercising pressure on the UN Security Council to pass a resolution — Comprehensive Convention Against Corruption — to get back the black money,” he said.

In his brief speech, Advani, who recalled former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee for making his government fulfil the electoral promise on creation of three states — Jharkhand, Uttarakhand and Chhattisgarh — and turning India into a nuclear power, exhorted the audience to shout: “Bhrastachar mityaenge, kala dhan wapas layenge, Bharat Desh naya banayenge (we will eliminate corruption, bring back black money and create a new India).”

Advani flew to Port Blair from Ranchi to observe the ‘Jan Sangh Day’. From Port Blair, he is slated to fly to Raipur on Saturday.

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