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PM sees `winds of change' in M.P., Chhattisgarh

By Our Special Correspondent


NEW DELHI APRIL 6. The Prime Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee, has seen the "winds of change" sweeping Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh during his just concluded visit there. The BJP, he said, was particularly strong and gaining ground in the tribal belts of the two States.

Speaking at the party office this morning on the foundation day of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Mr. Vajpayee, who heads a 23-party coalition Government, admitted that "single party rule" was the "best" but said the BJP had already demonstrated that it was willing and capable of working with others. He asked party workers to fight against forces of disintegration for the nation's unity which was most important. Today, when the party was celebrating 23 years in politics — the BJP was founded on this day in 1980 — it held celebratory functions in many places throughout the country and leaders from the Centre were present in State capitals and other important places.

The Deputy Prime Minister, L.K.Advani, was in Ahmedabad, the party general secretary, Pramod Mahajan, was in Jaipur, and another general secretary, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, was in Lucknow.

On "unity", Mr. Vajpayee emphasised that inter-State river disputes and other problems could surely be sorted out across the table without going to courts and tribunals.

There were excellent examples of serious problems being sorted out by taking the people into confidence, he said.

The party president, M. Venkaiah Naidu, who was present on the occasion, said the BJP was not there just to grab power, but it had a "mission" which was to see India developed and take its rightful place in the world.

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