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Cong. Govt. has failed on all fronts: Jaitley

By Our Special Correspondent

BANGALORE, MARCH 10. The Union Law Minister, Arun Jaitley, said today that the S.M. Krishna Government had no achievement to its credit to seek vote in the coming elections.

Addressing a public meeting organised by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at Krishnarajapuram near here on Wednesday, Mr. Jaitley said the BJP would seek vote based on the achievements of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government. The country had progressed on all fronts under the leadership of the Prime Minister, A.B. Vajpayee. What had the Congress Government done to the State in the past five years, he asked.

The State Government had "failed" on all fronts. The Congress had no leadership, no team, and no programme to go before the people, he alleged. The Income Tax Department had issued a notice to the Minister for Urban Development, D.K. Shivakumar, on finding him guilty of filing false returns. But the Minister was blaming the BJP for his mistake, Mr. Jaitely said.

Stating that the BJP would create history in the State by coming to power after the coming elections, the Union Minister said the people had done a mistake by voting the Congress to power in the 1999 Assembly elections. "We will fight the elections on the feel-good factor," he added.

He said the country had emerged powerful under the leadership of Mr. Vajpayee. Peaceful conduct of elections in Jammu and Kashmir, peace in north-eastern States, and friendly relations with Pakistan were some the major achievements of the National Democratic Alliance Government, he added. The BJP President, Venkaiah Naidu, said the NDA Government had spent Rs. 60,000 crore on roads. "The country is shining, but the Congress President, Sonia Gandhi, is feeling bad," he added.

The State BJP President, H.N. Ananth Kumar, B.S. Yediyurappa, Ramachandra Gowda, Katta Subramanya Naidu, R. Ashok and Ashwathanarayana Reddy, party leaders, were present.

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