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BJP alone can root out corruption: Vajpayee - The Hindu

Posted By Ashok V Chowgule (ashokvc@giasbm01.vsnl.net.in)
22 January 1997

Title : BJP alone can root out corruption: Vajpayee
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Publication : The Hindu
Date : January 22, 1997

Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, BJP leader, said today that at this
juncture when corruption, was rampant, "the country needs a party
like the BJP to root out this malady."

He was addressing the delegates at the party's third State
conference on Tuesday.

Mr. Vajpayee said it was learnt that the documents relating to
Bofors gun deal would be handed over the CBI chief, Mr Joginder
Singh, at Switzerland, and he hoped that the truth would come out.
It was alleged that in the purchase of Bofors guns a kickback of Rs
60 crores had been received, but compared with the recent scandals,
the Bofors scandal paled into insignificance.

Mr. Vajpayee said in the banking scam a staggering amount of over
Rs 6,000 crores was involved, and besides this there were the sugar
scandal and the urea scandal, and 1996 would be known as the "Year
of Scandals."

Mr. Vajpayee accused the Central Government of "protecting in a
selective manner those involved in corruption", which had given
rise to protecting the Janata Dal leader. Mr Laloo Prasad Yadav,
why should it adopt a different yardstick as far as the AICC(I)
president Mr. Sitaram Kesri, was concerned.

He said that in this regard, the CBI must be given a free hand.
"That is what we propose to do, if given a chance to do," he said.

Mr. Vajpayee said that the BJP was expanding, getting support and
gaining confidence of larger number of people. However, the party
started its work rather late in Tamil Nadu and was why
comparatively speaking it was not as strong here as it was in other
parts of the country.

Referring to Tamil Nadu, Mr Vajpayee said, I congratulate the Tamil
Nadu State unit of the party for having secured a singular victory
(one MLA seat) in the State Assembly.

He said that since the speeches of the BJP MLA in the State
Assembly was not properly reported, the party had come out with a
booklet titled "BJP voice in the Assembly". It was released on the
occasion by Mr. Vajpayee and the first copy was received by Mr.
Jana Krishnamurthi, national vice-president of the party.

Murder of Hindu leaders

Earlier addressing a press conference. Mr. Vajpayee, said that the
party has decided to take up the "unabated killings of Hindu
leaders in Tamil Nadu" with the Chief Minister. Mr. Karunanidhi.
The party will also send a delegation of Parliamentarians led by
Mr. Sikandar Bhakt, the leader of the party in the Rajya Sabha, to
interact with the people in this connection and come out with a
report, he said.

The delegation would visit Tamil Nadu either after the national
convention at Thiruvananthapuram in March or after the completion
of the elections in Punjab, Mr Vajpayee pointed that the party had
been receiving reports from Tamil Nadu that a large number of Hindu
leaders were being killed by fundamentalist elements.

He said Hindu leaders were being singled out and 26 leaders had
been slained since 1990. He had learnt that some of the gruesome
murders were committed in broad daylight, but in none of these
cases were the culprits apprehended. "These murders were not stray
affairs, but deliberates attempts to liquidate those whose presence
and activities were not tolerated by anti-social and anti-national
elements. Political considerations should not come in the way of
apprehending the culprits and in giving them adequate punishment."

Mr. Vajpayee said that it was for the Tamil Nadu State Government
to arrest the trend and take stringent action against the
anti-social elements.

Statewide hunger-strike

The State general secretary of the BJP Mr. L Ganesan, later
addressing the party convention said it had been decided to observe
a hunger-strike on February 18 all over Tamil Nadu to draw the
attention of the Government to the killings of Hindu leaders. For
ten days, prior to the hunger-strike, the party workers would
undertake a door-to-door campaign explaining the stand of the BJP
in this regard. On February 8 and 9 the State executive would meet
to discuss the future course of action.

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