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No time to sit idle: BJP

The message coming out of the Bharatiya Janata Party national executive meet was to sharpen their attack on Congress with party president Nitin Gadkari sounding the poll bugle and saying that the time has come for principal opposition to become the ruling party. In a clear message to the cadre of the party, Gadkari said that it is time that party cadre realises that they do not have to play the role of an 'opposition party' alone, but have now they have to think of BJP as a 'party of governance' also.

'We don't have the time to sit idle and we should move towards Delhi to remove this corrupt government,' said Gadkari. He stressed that the infighting within the party should be stopped and members should work towards a common goal. Even in his inaugural speech on Wednesday, Gadkari had mentioned that the country is on the verge of change and elections can happen in the country anytime now. Attacking the government on the corruption front, Gadkari said that earlier Congress used to blame its allies for corruption but in the coal gate scam it is clear that the prime minister and congress president Sonia Gandhi are directly involved in this. 'The corruption has reached new levels with this government, in sky there is 2G scam, below the earth there is the coal gate scam and on earth they have the common wealth games scam' alleged Gadkari.

The party president also took a dig at the PM for him being silent on most of the issue, 'instead of being called Manmohan Singh he should be called Maunmohan Singh' said Gadkari.

He also attacked SP for its double standards and said while the party opposes the policies of government in Lucknow it is on the same side in New Delhi.


JAITLEY SAYS EVERY CHANGE IS NOT A REFORM

The BJP, on the second day at the national executive and national council meet, said that the coming winter session will be a stormy one as the party would oppose FDI in multi brand retail in parliament. ‘Our leaders L K Advani, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley will raise this issue strongly in the next Parliament session, there should be no doubt about this,’ said BJP president Nitin Gadkari.  Though the party will be adopting a tough posture on the issue, party leaders said that it might not adopt the same strategy of stalling the parliament like it did during the monsoon session.

Gadkari, however made it clear that there would be no compromise by the party on the FDI issue and they would oppose it as it would hurt the livelihood of small traders. Even in the economic resolution of the party that was passed on Thursday, leader of opposition Rajya Sabha, Arun Jaitley who moved the resolution said: ‘Every change is not a reform and what goes against the grain of the country is not a reform.’

The BJP leader added that the party is committed to reforms that are in national interest and not how the western countries define the word reform. Jaitley said that reforms in the west are actually needed in elimination of agricultural subsidy.
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