May 2003 News

We will win proxy war: Advani

29 May 2003
The Hindu
Our Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD: The Deputy Prime Minister, L.K. Advani, has expressed confidence that India will win the proxy war against Pakistan having defeated its neighbour in the 'direct war' four times in the past. 'Operation sarp vinash' in the 'indirect war' against Pakistan would be carried out even as India extended the hand of friendship to the nation, Mr. Advani told a meeting of the presidents and general secretaries of the BJP's State units here today. He termed the two-day brainstorming session, considered a prelude to the party's poll- preparednesss, 'Mission 2004'. Briefing presspersons about the deliberations on the opening day, the party general secretary in-charge of organisations, Shivraj Singh Chowhan, said that Mr. Advani had stressed that India was clear in its stand about Kashmir and stood by the Parliament resolution about Kashmir being an integral part of the country, Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and that part of Kashmir which was annexed by China belong to India. It was for the Pakistani Prime Minister, Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali, to change his perspective on Kashmir. Pakistan must take steps to pull down terrorist hideouts and put an end to the source of terrorism if it wished to improve bilateral relations accepting the Indian offer of friendship. The proxy war of Pakistan must end. Referring to media reports that the Indian peace moves were initiated under U.S. pressure, Mr. Advani said the NDA Government had never worked under pressure in its five-year tenure. At the same time, the Government did not follow a policy of appeasement towards anyone. He expressed confidence that in the coming elections the BJP would get a popular mandate on the basis of good governance and the mess the Congress was in. The party president, M. Venkaiah Naidu, said the elections in four States this year were a 'semi-final contest' for the party. Mission 2004 was to win 300 Lok Sabha seats on the party's own strength and two- thirds majority with the help of partners. He called for an expansion of the BJP's social base and for strengthening all the party wings. Mr. Chowhan said the meeting was convened to discuss the organisational polls, preparations for Assembly elections in four of five States during the year and Mission 2004. The presidents and general secretaries of the northeastern States were not invited as a separate meeting for them was planned in Mizoram, which also goes to the polls this year. The meeting paid tributes to Savita Ambedkar, wife of B.R. Ambedkar, who passed away in Mumbai early this morning.


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