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Congress headed for downfall: Advani

Times of India | 10 March 2014

RANCHI: BJP leader LK Advani said it would be a tough run for the Congress to cross 100 seats this Lok Sabha election here on Sunday.

"Till now we have not been able to secure more than 182 Lok Sabha seats on our own. It has always been a matter of remorse. But this time BJP will win seats like never before. And I can say with confidence that it would be difficult for the Congress to cross 100 (seats) mark," Advani said.

Advani was in Ranchi to release a memoir on senior BJP leader Kailashpati Mishra. He added that Congress would meet similar fate as it did during the emergency.

"For this sorry state of affairs nobody else but the Congress is responsible. Even after indulging in numerous scams and scandals the party thinks it would manage to win the election. It was not a corruption worth few hundreds of rupees, lakhs of crores of rupees were laundered by the party," he said.

"If anyone has worked extremely hard for the downfall of Congress, it is the Manmohan Singh government," Advani added.

He said that people have decided to vote BJP to power this time as the party had fared very well during its past stints at the Centre. "It is the charisma of the party (BJP) that draws huge crowd at its election rallies," he said.

Advani refrained from naming Modi and credited party workers for BJP's popularity. He also praised the last NDA-led government of Atal Behari Vajpayee. "I can emphatically say that Vajpayeeji's tenure was the better than all other prime ministers. The work which was done under his leadership, no government has been able to do," he said. "This time we have to work better than what we did under Vajpayeeji," he added.

The senior leader also hit out at Congress over the creation of Telangana. "We too created three states but such violence was not seen anywhere as we see in Andhra Pradesh," he said.

But, Advani avoided questions on the infighting within the party. "I know what you people want to hear. But I would not say that," he said.