Thackeray criticises Advani for 'demoralising' blog

Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray said if LK Advani has any doubts, he can come to Matoshree to get a dose of ‘moral’ and ‘strength’ from him

Mumbai: Slamming Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) leader Lal Krishna (LK) Advani for predicting a non-BJP, non-Congress Prime Minister in 2014, Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray on Tuesday said it is like a general saying before a war that there is no guarantee on the outcome and 'demoralising' the entire army, reports PTI.
"What has happened to our ally BJP. Has it been afflicted with an illness or has it been beset with internal squabbles," Thackeray said in an editorial in party mouthpiece 'Saamana' on Tuesday.
Advani's musings were demoralising, Thackeray said and asked NDA "not to lose heart".
"If Advani has any doubts, he can come to me and I will give him a dose of morale and strength," Thackeray said commenting on his blog where the BJP leader predicted a non-Congress, non-NDA alliance coming to power.
"This is like a general saying before a war that there is no guarantee on the outcome, and demoralising the entire army," Thackeray said.
He asked the NDA to prepare for the general elections with renewed vigour.
The issue of contenders for the Prime Minister's post within the NDA -- Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi -- could be sorted out after the elections, he said.
Writing in his blog, Advani had ruled out formation of a government headed by the Third Front but said that a non- Congress, non-BJP Prime Minister heading a government supported by one of these two parties is possible.
"The blog has put BJP in a quandary," Thackeray said.
Thackeray said the next Prime Minister should be from the NDA and that decision could be taken after polls are over.
"No point conceding defeat now, without even entering the boxing ring.
"Even Advani himself has been a Prime Ministerial contender over the years and if there is consensus, his wish can also be fulfilled," Thackeray said.
The blog would add fuel ambitions in Nitish Kumar and Narendra Modi for the prime minister's post, he said.
Shiv Sena would play "free-style wrestling" in attempting to overthrow Congress from power, Thackeray said.
The saffron flag will fly atop Delhi's Red Fort in 2014 polls, he said.



Dayananda Kamath k

5 years ago

people of india are lucky that they have not voted bjpin 2009 otherwise we would have onemore primeminister who do not belive in his own parties strength. it is a tragidy of india that congress promotes inefficient and other great opposition party bjp drags down the efficient in the party.both ways india is the looser. and all the other parties enjoying blackmailing the party who matters to rake in the moola again it is india is the looser.


5 years ago


Mr. Advani is right. The person he is hinting at is none other than Dr. Subramanyam Swami.

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Government may seek time till November for spectrum auction

As per the new schedule given by Times Internet, the agency which will operate the auction process, the bidding for the airwaves for the telecom spectrum can be started only by early November

New Delhi: The Indian Government may request the Supreme Court to extend the deadline for completing spectrum auction by about three months to November, reports PTI.
According to sources, as per the new schedule given by the agency which will operate the auction process, the bidding for the airwaves can be started only by early November.
"The bidding for spectrum is expected to start only by early November. The extension from the court will be sought accordingly," said an official source.
The Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) on telecom on Tuesday decided to approach the apex court to seek an extension of 31st August deadline to complete the auction of airwaves.
"Auctioneer has given us schedule...we will approach the Supreme Court to place before them the fact what government has done. Also, we will place before them that in terms of this schedule, it is not possible to conduct auction by 31st August," Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal told reporters after EGoM.
After cancelling 122 telecom licences in February, the Supreme Court had asked the government to complete auction by 31st August and extended the validity of quashed licences till 7th September.
It is crucial for companies such as Sistema Shyam, Uninor and Videocon to win the auctions so as to be able to continue operations.
Sibal said the government will file an interim application before the court and request it to consider the facts as stated.
"As you know, (the validity of) licences has been extended till 7th September. So, we will go back to the Supreme Court with interim application (IA) and request it to consider the fact as stated in the application," Sibal said.
Sources said that IA will be filed before the apex court within a week.
On Monday, the Department of Telecom (DoT) selected Times Internet Ltd (TIL) as the specturm auctioneer.
The EGoM, headed by P Chidambaram, today discussed the schedule which DoT has prepared in consultation with TIL.
DoT will now issue Information Memorandum (IM), the final document that will carry complete details on the auction. Sources said IM will be issued by the end of this month.
The government will have to complete 13 processes before the actual bidding starts. These include responding to queries of potential bidders, inviting applications and giving time to companies for submissions, finalising eligible bidders, public information sessions and mock auction.
The Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, has finalised Rs14,000 crore as the minimum price for 5 Mhz spectrum in 1800 Mhz band, and Rs18,200 crore for 5 Mhz in the 800 band.
The base price approved by the Cabinet was 22% lower than Rs18,000 crore suggested by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). It is, however, seven times higher than the price new companies had paid in 2008 under the then Telecom Minister A Raja.


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