LK Advani favours US-style debate in India

Written by PTI | Pithoragarh | Updated: May 3 2014, 00:54am hrs
Senior BJP leader LK Advani today favoured US-style public debate between main competing candidates for the post of Prime Minister in India.

"Instead of rallies by differentpolitical parties, the Election Commissionshould organise discussions between maincontendersfor the post of Prime Ministerin particular election," Advani said while addressing an election rally in favor of BJP's Almora LS candidate Ajay Tamta in Pithoragarh.

The veteran BJP leader said, "had this system adopted in the country right after the first general elections, the Indian democracy would havestrengthened."

He counted construction ofgolden quadrilateral and creation of three states of Uttarakhand, Chattisgarh and Jharkhand asachievements of NDA government under leadership of former prime minister Atal Bijari Vajpayee.

Advani said the NDA's vision ofsolvingwater crisis by interlinking the rivers could not be followed up by UPA governments.