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Advani sells honesty, unity to party cadre

On a day when the Bharatiya Janata Party [BJP] chose to amend its constitution to make way for the second term of the party president Nitin Gadkari, its veteran leader L K Advani played devil's advocate by pointing out weaknesses within the organisation. The senior BJP leader chose to specifically point out the differences aired freely by the top leaders of the party and also the increase of corruption cases in the BJP-ruled states.

'The USP of the party is its discipline. The top BJP leadership and also that at all levels must speak in one voice. We must ruthlessly put down the tendency to speak in multiple voices,' emphasised Advani, while speaking at the concluding session of the party's three-day national executive.

Advani stressed that in order for the party to emerge as a credible option in the next General Election, corruption within the party needs to be curbed. 'When it comes to even a hint of corruption within our own ranks, we must be even more intolerant and resolute than when we attack the same in our adversaries,' said Advani.

'We should credibly tell the people that the change they are looking for should not just be a change of government, but a government that is committed to making India corruption free,' said Advani, who also added that it was for the BJP to change the perception of people that all political parties were corrupt.   

Urging the party cadre to be ready for elections, Advani said that the party now needed to discuss if they could finalise their candidates for the 2014 elections. 'Two weeks ago if someone had asked me whether the government would fall, I would have said that the government was in an ICU on ventilator and the ventilator was not likely to be removed before 2014. However, now some of the allies are feeling that sooner the government falls the better it is for them,' said Advani, urging the party to get into poll mode.
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