SATNA: Describing dynasty politics as the biggest enemy of democracy, senior BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani on Friday said he was not in the race for the post of prime minister and his party would decide its parliamentary party leader after the Lok Sabha polls.
“The BJP and Communist parties are the only political entities where the organisation takes a decision. In other parties, it is pre-decided who will lead the organisation and government. Dynasty politics is a biggest enemy,” he told newsmen here a day after his “Jan Chetna yatra for “clean politics and good governance” entered the BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh.
Referring to social activist Anna Hazare’s demands on Lok Pal, Advani said his party was in favour of bringing Prime Minister under the purview of the Lok Pal, but there must be a separate, independent and accountable body to deal with issues pertaining to the judiciary. To a question that the BJP government doesn’t appear serious when it comes to taking action on the recommendations of the state Lokayukta, he said, “I will ask the CM to take action on state Lokayukta recommendations”.
Asked about the controversy over BJP leaders in Satna doling out cash to journalists at a press conference-which was attended by state PWD Minister Nagendra Singh and local MP Ganesh Singh-a day before his Jan Chetna Yatra rolled into the state, the BJP veteran quipped “the matter is being looked into by the state BJP president”.
About AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh’s recent remarks about Anna Hazare and Rashtriya Swayam Sangh (RSS), Advani said, “I know Digvijay Singh for long. Now, he has changed a lot. I would not like to comment on any of his remarks.”
Alleging that the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) and the Congress were working against the spirit of federal structure, he said the non-Congress-ruled states were being discriminated against on many issues, including allocation of resources for the state’s development.
“It’s for the first time that such treatment is being meted out to the non-Congress-ruled states.
Once chief minister of a communist-ruled state told me that the NDA government led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee did not show any discrimination to the communist party-ruled state as the Congress governments did for many years,” he added.
Citing an example, Advani said the Madhya Pradesh government had passed a bill in the Vidhan Sabha for confiscation of property earned by public servants through illegal and unfair means and for setting up fast- track courts for an early disposal of corruption cases. Similarly, BJP-ruled states have brought legislations in their respective states to deal with terrorism. Most such matters are still pending for getting presidential assent, he added.
To a question, Advani said after the 2004 Lok Sabha elections the party had requested former prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee to be in the Rajya Sabha though he was not keeping good health. However, Vajpayee did not agree to the suggestion, he added.