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Late Vedprakash Goyal Parisar, Ranikothi
Nagpur (Maharashtra)
06th February, 2009

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Friends,

You all are welcome at the National Executive Meeting in Nagpur. After celebrating the Karnataka victory in Bengaluru, we have now assembled in Nagpur for the one day National Executive Meeting and the two day National Council Meeting. At the Bengaluru meeting, we were to face the assembly elections that were to be held in six states, and today, when we have assembled here, the 2009 Lok Sabha election is ahead of us. We all are aware that in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections, the people will take into account the work undertaken by the Atal ji led NDA government and led UPA government.

All the Lok Sabha elections that have taken place after independence, have been contested between various political parties. In 1999 and 2004 also there was only one alliance – the NDA. The UPA was constituted after the elections. The Congress, for the first time in the history of the country, accepted the importance of an alliance. The Congress, which a few years ago at Panchmarhi had claimed to form the government on its own, has now accepted the politics of alliance. It is for the first time in the country that a direct contest is going to take place between two alliances. On the one hand, the UPA in its present form has emerged as a result of the diminishing base of the Congress. On the other hand, the BJP led NDA, in its present form, has emerged with the increasing political expansion of the BJP. In terms of party politics, starting as a small party, the BJP has been able to increase its stature higher than the Congress’. In the politics of alliance, the BJP emerged as a Pioneer and Congress had to follow. While the UPA is the crumbling fort of the past, the NDA under the leadership of the BJP is the rising sun of future.

Both the alliances differ radically. While the NDA is positive, the UPA is based on the negative concept of opposing the BJP. One more difference between both the alliances is that the UPA has begun with doubts about its leadership. The BJP led NDA has already decided that respected Lal Krishna Advani ji will be our prime ministerial candidate. Now the people of the country want to know as to who will be the prime ministerial candidate of the UPA.

We have already started our preparations many months ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. Even now we are engaged in these preparations. We will have to undertake further preparations with our full dedication and commitment. We have to leave no stone unturned so that the results are favourable and we get the majority.

The country is now awaiting to see as to who will hoist the tricolour at the Red Fort on the coming 15th August? Keeping in mind the inclination of the BJP karyakartas, supporters and the inclination of the people of the country, I can say with complete faith that the people of the country will elect our senior leader Lal Krishna Advani ji as the next prime minister of the country. We had dreamt of making Atal ji the prime minister of the country. That dream was realized through the untiring efforts of the people, karyakartas and our supporters. We again have a dream that Shri Lal Krishna Advani ji will be the next prime minister of India. I have full faith that this dream of ours will also be realized with the support of the people and dedication of workers.

Friends,

Over the last five years, elections to 17 state assemblies have taken place. The Congress has been able to win only 4 state assemblies on its own. This clearly exemplifies that the Congress has lost ground all over India. From being a very large political party, a situation has now come whereby the Congress cannot survive without an alliance. In this era of alliances, the people will surely compare as to whether they want the NDA or UPA. We will discuss this issue in detail tomorrow at the National Council Meeting.

Assembly Elections


Friends,

In the six states where assembly elections were held in last November-December, the BJP won 294 seats while the Congress could win only 244. We had an unprecedented success in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. We came back to form the government in both these states. I take this opportunity to congratulate the Chief Ministers of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, Shri Shivraj Singh Chauhan and Dr. Raman Singh, State Presidents Shri Narendra Singh Tomar and Shri Vishnu Sai, the state organization, leadership, karyakartas and the people for this success. Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh have created history in real terms. We could not form our government in Rajasthan by a very slender margin. Our performance in Delhi was not on expected lines. But here (I would like to mention that despite our less than satisfactory performance, we still remain at the centre of the people’s hope.) The Bharatiya Janata Party has always moved ahead by overcoming hurdles. I have total faith that we certainly will be able to emerge victorious in the Lok Sabha elections by overcoming all challenges. Recently we increased our strength from one to eleven in the Jammu & Kashmir assembly elections. I congratulate the state leadership of Jammu & Kashmir, all the karyakartas of the organization and the people for the success of the BJP.

The UPA’s Tenure


The country has seen from close quarters the tenure of the Congress led UPA. It has neither direction nor vision; neither ideas nor wisdom. An atmosphere of lawlessness and extreme despair has been created in the entire country. To serve vested political interests, many mindless decisions have been taken and there was a time when it appeared that the country was being forced in the direction of yet another partition. In the post independence era, never before has the policy of appeasement been so recklessly practiced on the chessboard of politics.

What has not taken place? The Sacchar Committee report, repeal of POTA, communalization of the budget, reservation of government’s jobs in Andhra Pradesh on religious lines, reservation in Aligarh Muslim University on religious lines, the Prime Minister saying that Muslims have the first claim over the country’s resources, discriminating students on the grounds of religion while distributing scholarships; in what direction does the UPA want to take the country? As an opposition, we tried to warn the UPA even as it continuously tried to disturb communal harmony.

Terrorism

While there should have been efforts to keep the country united on the issue of terrorism, the opposition was not even consulted on the issue. Toady, the entire country is facing an explosive situation. There is not a single corner in the country where terrorist attacks have not taken place. Terrorists kept challenging the establishment of the country. They kept on expanding their network. The lives of innocents were continuously sacrificed. But the UPA government kept turning a deaf ear towards this.

Friends, the terrorist attack on the Taj Hotel in Mumbai, actually was an attack on the ‘Taj’ of self respect and pride of India. The BJP never played politics on the issues of terrorism. The NDA enacted POTA to facilitate capturing terrorists and to easily bring them to book but God alone knows what kind of message of appeasement the UPA intended to give by repealing POTA. Infact, terrorists were emboldened by the repeal of POTA.

The nation wants to fight terrorism. For a nation which has defeated Pakistan on four occasions, can terrorism be a factor against it? But if the UPA government itself decides to surrender before it, then with whom will the self respect of the entire country stand?


In the last session of parliament, the anti-terror law was passed. Even though its provisions were not adequate, we supported the central government. The BJP will continue to support all kinds of measures against terrorism. We are committed to this. Similarly, even though the UPA government has formed the National Investigating Agency, but still no concrete initiatives have been taken to equip the police and security personnel with modern weapons and latest technology.

The results clearly show the kind of policies that were pursued by the government over the last four years. Today, the flame of terrorism is engulfing every part of the country. A few days ago, a new and unusual dimension was added to terrorism when comic actors started receiving threats and warnings that they should not make fun of the underworld dons and terrorists. This proves the extent to which the terrorists have been emboldened. One has to contemplate as to how such a situation has been created.

Immediately after assuming power at the centre, the UPA softened the government’s approach against terrorism. Not only POTA was repealed, but such political policies were also implemented which consequently emboldened the terrorists. Today, the kind of sentiment being displayed throughout the country, from the common people to government staff and traders, from actors to intellectuals, and from politicians to lawyers and judges, every section of society is expressing anger against the policies of the UPA policies over the past four years.

Neighbouring Countries


Under the tenure of the UPA, there has been an increasing build up of anti-India environment in the neighbouring countries. But the kind of atmosphere that exists in Pakistan, not only generates concerns but also exposes the short sighted and incompetence of our foreign policy.

During its tenure, the UPA government has committed not one but four strategic and diplomatic blunders with respect to Pakistan.

  • On January 6, 2004, at the time of Vajpayee government, Pakistan had in a joint statement committed that it would not allow its land to be used for anti-India terror activities. However, in 2005, in the joint statement that was released, there was not even a mention about Pakistan’s this commitment.

  • In 2006, at the Non Aligned Summit in Havana, the Prime Minister by declaring Pakistan a victim of terrorism, gave it an escape route to defend itself.

  • The joint statement released by India and Pakistan stated that terror incidents would not be allowed to become an impediment in the path of the peace talks. As a result of this, the opportunity for creating diplomatic pressure in the wake of terrorist attacks has been lost.

  • The biggest blunder by the government was to agree to form an Indo-Pak joint anti-terror mechanism. Under this mechanism, there is an arrangement that India and Pakistan will share terror related information and evidence with each other. Taking advantage of this, on the basis of media reports, Pakistan has demanded the handing over the Malegaon accused Lt. Col. Purohit in the Samjhauta Express incident.
It pains me as I am forced to say that the steps which the Indian government has taken after the Mumbai attack, further actions will have to be taken far beyond them. As part of such steps, India should dissociate itself from the joint terror mechanism which was declared on 16th September 2006 in Havana, Cuba’s capital, by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the then President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf. This is because Pakistan’s approach is not of cooperation but of treachery. Instead of showing dependence on any country, the central government should act strongly against terrorism on its own.
On the other side, the war between the LTTE and the Sri Lankan army is reaching a decisive end and its far reaching impact will be felt in India. According to the Sri Lankan army’s claim, about 95% of the LTTE’s power has been exhausted. Even though India considers LTTE a terrorist organization, but we also believe that the Tamil problem of Sri Lanka cannot be resolved only through the use of military force. Therefore, while the power of the LTTE is decisively coming to an end, the Sri Lankan government must also create a new environment far from that of military struggle. Time has come for the Government of Sri Lanka to present a new solution to the Tamil problem.

For this, the government of Sri Lanka will have to first clearly distinguish a common Tamil from the LTTE. The Government of Sri Lanka should undertake necessary steps to ensure the security and self respect of around one and half lakh to three lakh Tamil citizens trapped in the conflict zone.

In my opinion, the government of Sri Lanka should take new initiatives to begin the peace process by involving all Tamil groups. A proposal based on the Indo-Lankan Peace Accord of 1987 should be brought forward to bring about a political solution of the problem.

In Nepal, despite the formation of a new government under democracy, the situation has not yet returned to normal. The influence of such elements that are naturally inclined towards violence, has increased in the Government of Nepal. Over the last few days, many incidents of violence perpetrated by organizations associated with the government, have taken place. This is not in accordance with the core principle of democracy. The aim of establishing a democratic system is to create a liberal system free of violence and oppression and not to create a violent atmosphere through misuse of power. The Government of Nepal should immediately stop giving support and patronage to those elements who are involved in perpetrating any kind of violence. This is a test of faith for the Government of Nepal under the democratic system. And this is also necessary for ensuring that the peace process of Nepal reaches its logical conclusion.

The Terror of Price Rise

The Congress enjoys an old relationship with price rise. Unchecked price rise has been a feature of the close to five years of Congress led UPA rule. The life of the common people has become hell. The Congress claims that it is with the “aam admi” but in reality it has hit the “aam admi” the hardest during its tenure. The rate of inflation continuously increased during its rule. In the election year, however, there is some relief in terms of statistics but that too it is a by product of the recession. Despite this, the prices of food grains are still zooming. For the last five years while prices kept on increasing and the people were restive, the Congress remained inactive. But now the Congress has begun showing some activism. It has realized that people are very agitated and the elections are close. The Congress which takes every decision keeping only elections in mind and ignoring public interest, has now lost its balance. They should be prepared to face the consequences.

Today the rate of inflation is decreasing. The decrease is not because of the government’s efforts but due to the economic recession. That is why the prices of the items of daily use are not coming down. The price of food grains is high even today. It causes a heavy burden on poor families. According to an estimate of the National Sample Survey, in villages 52% of the income of the poor is spent on edible items while it is 26% in the case of urban poor. What I am trying to say is that the economic recession is affecting the poor in urban and rural areas and they are not getting any benefit from the decline in the rate of inflation.

Economic Crisis


Over approximately the last five years, the economic crisis has intensified on account of the policies pursued by the UPA government. The “dream team of talented economists” – Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, P. Chidambaram who remained Finance Minister for four and half years and Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia – kept misleading the country. Their developmental plans were not in sync with the ground realities. The impact of the economic crisis was being felt in almost every sector. The rate of industrial development remained negative. The share market kept crashing on repeated occasions. Small investors were cheated. The rupee increasingly got devalued. The foreign exchange reserve which during the time of the NDA was a strong point of the country, has declined under the UPA. Not only this, during the tenure of this government, a number of scams have taken place. The economy of the country has been severely hit by scams like the wheat import scam, NREGA scam, DDA scam, Spectrum scam, Satyam episode, Balu episode among others.

India is presently passing through a phase of economic recession and unemployment. Lacs of people are losing their jobs every month. Lacs of artisans whether they are linked to the textile industry of Tirupur (in Tamil Nadu) or in the diamond industry of Surat, are on the verge of starvation and many incidents of suicides are also coming to light. After all why has such a situation emerged?

The UPA government cites global economic recession as the reason behind this sorry state of affairs. I want to remind them that on 9th January when the BSE Sensex index touched the mark of 21000 points, the then Finance Minister declared that, “this is the result of our policies and India will not look back. Now we have reached the double digit figure of the rate of development”. On 28th February 2008, when the UPA government presented its last budget, the troika of these economists, Dr. Manmohan Singh, Shri P. Chidambaram and the Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission Shri Montek Singh Ahluwalia had spoken in a similar vain. Once again the then Finance Minister Shri P. Chidambaram said that, “This is our internal growth, our fundamentals are strong. Now we will not look back.” Only after ten months when the economic crisis started taking its toll, the government dissociated itself from its earlier claims citing the crisis to be on account of the global economic recession. If the policies and fundamentals of the UPA government were so strong, then how did they crumble down within ten months?

In reality, the policies of the UPA government were fundamentally wrong. During the UPA rule, the kind of policies that were pursued, intensified the impact of the global recession on India instead of restraining it which led to the worsening of the situation.

The government slowed down the infrastructural projects continuously for four years adversely affecting the development and employment. The UPA government’s mismanagement of the economy led to price rise, and then perturbed by the rising prices, it altered the policies of the financial institutions in such a way that a liquidity crisis was created. For instance, the government changed the CRR of Banks from 4-5 percent at the time of the NDA to 9.5 percent in October 2008. In the same period, the prime lending rate was doubled to reach 14 percent. It led to the decrease of one lac crore of rupees that was available for industrial loans. This resulted in making the situation from bad to worse. After October, the government agreed to change its policies but by that time it was too late.

The Plight of Farmers


The Congress led UPA has been completely anti-farmers and anti-workers. During the tenure of this government, I can recall how the cycle of farmer suicides began in such a manner that the entire country was shocked. The entire country was ashamed to witness incidents of the food providers committing suicides. At that time, I told Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that agriculture is the main basis of economy. If the neglect of agriculture and farmer is not immediately halted, the pace of development in the country will get arrested. In this context, I had demanded that a Special Session of Parliament be convened on issues related to agriculture and such non partisan policies should be framed and a concrete plan for the coming ten years be prepared, to ensure that the problems of the farmers are resolved. The Congress led UPA never paid any attention to our demand.

We all know that during the time of the NDA, many decisions in the interests of the farmers like reduction in the interest rates on agricultural loans, Kisan Credit Card, agricultural insurance etc. were undertaken. With the coming of the Congress led UPA government, all developmental plans were placed in cold storage. Led by the partisan politics of not wanting to give credit to the NDA, the UPA government worsened the situation of the farmers.

Such policies were made for the development of India by the UPA government that the villages, the poor and farmers were kept on the margins of these policies. Today the farmers have to face a situation in which the cost of agriculture is increasing while the land for agriculture is decreasing. Presently, on an average, a farmer in the country has 1.4 hectares of land. More that 80 per cent of the farmers have less than two acres of land. One can imagine as to how constrained are the financial resources of the farmers.

In such a situation, it is necessary to make available cheap agricultural loans to the farmers. The Vajpayee government had reduced the long continuing interest rates by 50 to 60 percent. The BJP governments in Karnataka, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh have reduced the interest rates on agricultural loans to less than 4%. But I believe that the farmers will not be benefited in real terms by only reducing the interest rates or declaring loan waivers at the time of elections. This is because even today 84% of the poor people inhabiting the rural areas take loans from non governmental sources like the local money lenders. This large section fails to get direct benefit of the loan waiver scheme. Therefore, I believe that to improve the economic condition of the farmer, we need to increase their purchasing power.

In addition to this, due to the lack of transportation and storage facilities, a large part of the agricultural produce gets destroyed. For the fear of their produce getting destroyed, smaller farmers are compelled to sell their produce at lesser prices. According to an estimate, 25 to 30 percent of the crops in India are destroyed due to lack of proper storage facility, the estimated cost of which stands at around 1.5 billion dollars. If proper facilities for storage and selling are created, the income of farmers can adequately get improved. But the UPA government has taken no steps in this direction, and the food crisis that took place last year, mismanagement in storage was one of the main reasons for it.

Development Work Stopped


Throughout the tenure of the UPA government, the country has witnessed political instability every day. The UPA which came into government by accident, has committed many political accidents in the country. During these years, the prestige and stature of India has been severely undermined. We all know how the country’s position was enhanced at the time of the NDA government led by Atal ji. The doors of development were opened from all sides. But as soon the UPA came to power, the pace of development not only got stunted, but in some cases development was also stopped. A new dimension in the development of the country was added by the Prime Minister Gramin Sadak Yojana and the Golden Quadrilateral project. Employment opportunities were created. Investors chose India as one the best places to invest. The Pokhran test and victory in the Kargil war at the time of the NDA led by Atal ji, etched a golden history for India. POTA was enacted to end terrorism. Not only were such decisions like the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Pradhan Mantri Rojgar Yojana, indianisation of education, Kisan Credit Card, farmer insurance scheme undertaken for the welfare of the people, but these decisions were also implemented on the ground ensuring positive results. The Congress led UPA government virtually stopped these schemes as soon as it assumed power. Why? Change in government does not mean that whatever decisions were taken by the earlier governments should be changed.

Ideology based Constructive Opposition


We are in opposition for the last five years. In politics, the opposition should be based on ideology and not be against development. We opposed the UPA government on the grounds of ideology. We opposed the policy of appeasement for votes. We opposed the soft and slack approach of the UPA on terrorism and naxalism. We opposed the repeal of POTA. We expressed our opposition to rising prices. We never opposed the development works and welfare measures. The problem was that Congress led UPA government took most of its decisions with a view on votes. Even though the bill that was presented in Parliament after the Mumbai attacks was not clear, yet in the national interest we supported it. We supported the UPA despite many shortcomings in the National Investigating Agency. The BJP clearly believes – country first then the party.

UPA has No Faith in Democracy


The incidents of committing fraud with the basic spirit of the Constitution in Bihar, Jharkhand and Goa, the acts done to purchase MPs at the time of the trust vote in Parliament, are well known to the people. These have been witnessed by everyone. The conspiracy to transform “Lok Tantra” into “Note-Tantra” itself exposes the faith of the UPA in parliamentary and democratic values. What kind of ideals do we propose to present before the future generations. Today, when common citizens are getting disenchanted by the political system and feeling a lack of faith in them, our responsibilities increase. The entire country was ashamed by what was done by Congress led UPA and its ally the SP to win the trust vote in Parliament. Therefore, the government which came to power by default and continues to hold it by “Note-Tantra” has no right to continue.

World Wide Economic Recession and the Future of India


The manner in which the crisis of economic recession is getting intensified, it appears as if it has engulfed the entire theoretical as well as practical aspects of the economy. Some intellectuals are even hinting towards the same kind of crisis in future with the capitalist economy as has been experienced by the communist regimes around 1990-91.

At this hour I remember two great visionaries of this country. One of them propounded the ideological legacy of the BJP and whose death anniversary we are going to observe on 11th February. And the other is Rashtrapita Mahatma Gandhi whose death anniversary we have observed a few days ago.

I recall that one hundred years ago in 1909, Rashtrapita Mahatma Gandhi had written a book Hind Swaraj. In this he had said how the Indian model of development can be based on our traditional knowledge and experience. Gandhiji had said that the idea to develop India on the basis of the western economic model is contrary to Swaraj. In this book he had written, “We want freedom from British rulers but not from British rule, we want freedom from the tiger but we ourselves want to become tigers. We have to have a mindset that India can become happy only if it itself becomes like England.” Gandhiji believed that this model of development was neither good for India and nor for the world.

The fall of communism and now the crisis of capital in the entire world reminds us of what Bapu said 100 years ago. Perhaps for India, the time has come to act in accordance with the ideas of Bapu.

We will have to think of a new model for India which imitates neither the USSR nor the US so that while India develops, it also shows to the world the path of development - one which was thought by the thinkers like Mahatma Gandhi and Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya.

Though I am not an economist, even then I believe that in extremely centralized and capital intensive models of economic development, there always remains doubts that in the wake of recession in any of its important centres (for example the US), it will also immediately impact the entire world. The basic Indian model as propounded by Mahatma Gandhi and Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya was based on decentralization of industries and compatibility between capital and labour. It was based on local requirements and systems. Contrary to the marketing rules of today, it is based on controlled use and not on unbridled consumerism. This is because the model of maximum consumption of the resources can be profitable for a country but it cannot be good for the entire world.

It is based on giving a special place to agricultural and village industries. The Gram Swaraj of Mahatama Gandhi and Gramodaya of Deendayal ji are its examples. This concept may today be linked with highly technical industries. For example by decentralizing electronics, IT and entertainment industries, a huge contribution to the economy can be made. Coordination among all the centres may be established by using communication means and modern resources. By explaining the ideas of Gandhi in accordance with the current age, the economists can present Indian economic model of development before the world.

Young India

The recent global recession has created a crisis for the youth of India. Unemployment is rising continuously. Abroad, people are continuously losing their jobs. According to an ILO report, around 5 crore people may lose their jobs in 2009.

Today India has a majority of youth living here. 70 percent of the country’s population is less than 35 years of age. Today it is required that the constructive energy of the youth is used by the country so that a new phase of development is witnessed in the nation.

The real development of the constructive energy of the youth can only be undertaken when, instead of blindly following the western model, we have such a model of development, which is not based on material development alone. In addition to material growth, the energy of the youth needs to grow on all aspects including emotional, social, moral and spiritual. The cognitive intelligence which the thinkers in US want to develop among the youth today, is based on these values.

In Hind Swaraj, Mahatma Gandhi also thought of creating such a youth one hundred years ago. One who can herald the new age of material progress in the world while being rooted in the spiritual basis of the eternal Indian values. The youth of India should not become followers of illusory ideologies of the past. He has to become the torch bearer of a new age of development of the future. How can the youth of India make the India of the future which will provide leadership to the entire world without the elements of Indianness? Mahatma Gandhi had realized this a hundred years ago.

Today there are discussions on the clash of civilizations while in Hind Swaraj Gandhiji has spoken about a dialogue between civilizations. If such complete and perfect development of the youth of India takes place, then India can take over the role of dialogue in place of clash.

If the self proclaimed inheritors of Mahatma Gandhi, that is the people of the Congress, are themselves involved in creating internal bickering in the country, then how can India bring an end to the clash of civilizations?


In my opinion, Gandhian values are becoming more and more relevant today at the social, diplomatic and economic levels.

Friends,

The two day National Council meeting will begin from tomorrow at the same venue. In that meeting, I will seek to discuss the economic condition, foreign policy, internal security, external security and many other political, social and organisational issues. Therefore today I am not presenting my views on those issues.

Call for Change


Through the Vijay Sankalp rallies, the Bharatiya Janata Party is engaged in a public awareness campaign throughout the country. The plan of the “BJP on every booth” is already in progress at the organizational level. We have clearly witnessed the gain from these unique plans during the state assembly elections that were held a few months ago. We all know that pre-planned attacks are being made on nationalist forces from all sides. We will have to be constantly alert and prepared in this situation. The BJP is the voice of democracy and nationalism in the country. Our opponents are indulging in conspiracies to malign the image of our party. We will have to suitably answer them. Under all circumstances, we need to remain unshaken from our ideology. And we must remain dedicated to the values of the party. We will have to constantly make the people realize that we are different from other parties. We will have to give primacy to the national interest and the interest of the party by rising above our own self interests. Our elders have presented examples that are worth emulating. We will have to continue this tradition unhindered. We should always keep in mind that our discipline and conduct becomes an example for others. Our sensitive conduct should always make the people feel that we are with them in all circumstances. Politics is a mission for us. It is a medium to bring about change in the society. Our source of inspiration, Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay has repeatedly said that we have taken up the work of serving society and we desire social change in a wider perspective.

This is possible only when we dedicate ourselves in the preparations for the forthcoming Lok sabha elections that are expected to take place in April-May. We should engage ourselves at all levels. In democracy, the path of change is paved forward through elections. Therefore, the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections are both a challenge as well as an opportunity for us. Our desire is that in May 2009 once again the BJP led NDA returns to power. We will have to work hard in our Lok Sabha constituencies to convert this opportunity into our goal. People will need to be made to realize that the future of India is safe in the hands of the BJP led NDA and our leader Lal Krishna Advaniji has the capability to take India to the epitome of glory.

Friends,

The people are disturbed by the policies of the Congress led UPA. People want to uproot the UPA. In such a situation, even if we falter a bit, the people will never forgive us. Here, the top leadership of the BJP is present today. I have full faith that we all will go back to our states and make the lotus bloom. Along with this, we will form a BJP led NDA government and make respected Shri Lal Krishna Advani ji the Prime Minister of India.