September 2002 News

Successful polls a victory over proxy war: Advani

23 September 2002
The Times of India

New Delhi: The successful conduct of elections in Jammu and Kashmir will enable India score a victory over Pakistan-sponsored proxy war, Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani said here on Monday. ‘‘We are looking forward to these election which is changing the situation in the state. We will win the on-going proxy war through the successful conduct of these elections as we did in all the overt wars (against Pakistan) earlier,’’ Advani said after releasing a book on terrorism written by civil servant Bhure Lal. Castigating the Pervez Musharraf regime for criticising the J&K polls, he said: ‘‘What kind of a ruler is he who mocks these elections? The day Atal Bihari Vajpayee took over as Prime Minister, Musharraf ousted an elected premier. And now two former prime ministers are not allowed to contest the polls in Pakistan,’’ Advani said. He recalled that during his recent trip to the UK, he was asked about the likely poll percentage in the J&K elections. To this, he had replied, ‘‘I cannot guarantee 90 per cent polling (in the J&K elections) which Musharraf can.’’ The Deputy Prime Minister then added that the ‘‘first round of polling in J&K has been decent’’.


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