BJP to ask UPA govt for trust vote

Rourkela, Jun 29 | Updated: Jun 30 2008, 05:45am hrs
Asking the UPA government to seek a confidence vote in the Lok Sabha, if it wanted to go ahead with the Indo-US nuclear deal, BJP stalwart LK Advani on Sunday said the Centre should focus on burning issues and development, instead of fighting with Left parties over the proposed pact.

We will ask the government to face a confidence vote in the Lok Sabha, on the nuclear issue following the present political situation, he said, while addressing a rally here. The UPA government, Advani said, was wasting time in fighting Left front on the| nuclear deal, instead of concentrating on development and solving burning problems.

We cannot sacrifice our atomic energy and future tests in Pokhran by signing the agreement with the US, Advani said, pointing out that it was during BJP-led

NDA rule, that the second Pokhran test was conducted.

He lashed out at the UPA, for increasing naxal activities in the country and said during the NDA government, insurgency was under control due to inter-state coordination meetings of naxal affected states, which was abolished by the present government.

The BJP leader said, the NDA government had given priority to national security and to control cross border terrorism, which had been totally neglected now.

Earlier Advani, while addressing the concluding session, of the two-day state executive body meeting of the BJP, asked the rank and cadre to be prepared for

elections any time.

PTI