Advani demands apology from Sonia Gandhi for attacking BJP

LK Advani BJP leader L K Advani on Monday demanded an apology from Congress president Sonia Gandhi for her statement that India was in greater danger from people inside than foreign terrorists, which he said was an implied attack on his party. He said in India, there has been a tradition from the past, even in the 1962 and 1965 wars when late Prime Ministers Jawaharlal Nehru and Lal Bahadur Shastri had praised the role of Jan Sangh and RSS.

A rare exception was made in 1963 when Nehru asked the RSS to send a contingent for the Republic Day parade.

“Obviously, she does not know the history of her own party. She makes a statement of this kind. This is slander. She should apologize for this statement or join a debate on fundamentalist issues like al-Qaida,” he said addressing a press conference here.

Advani said Gandhi’s statement flew in the face of fact in the wake of the Mumbai terror attacks when there was consensus on terrorism and the government had to even come out with a law for strengthening anti-terror measures as always demanded by BJP.

With one month to go for the last phase of election, the BJP leader said it was becoming clear that the fight was between BJP-led NDA and the Congress-led UPA, which he said was disintegrating.

“The so-called Third and Fourth Fronts were irrelevant as they were opportunists, who had no platform on their own or a common platform. The CPM was trying to cobble a Third Front only to fight its own growing irrelevance,” he added.

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