The venue appears to be a comparatively negative turf as the Asansol Durgapur industrial hub has witnessed successive closure of the CPSU
behemoths in past five years. The NDA’s disinvestments policy has been accused of inviting closure bid in as many as four CPSUs during the last NDA ministry. Mr Advani too seemed to be cautious to that and explained, ‘many blame that we indulge in winding up of the PSU companies, which is not true. We always had intended to streamline the enterprises which had turned rubble of unused capital due to successive changes in the economy in the surrounding.’ He added, ‘the capital required to be rolled further with a pace to shoulder the economic growth as a whole.’
Mr Advani posed quite aggressive while blaming the LF misrule in West Bengal. He said, ‘a survey in 2003 revealed that among the 19 important states in the country, it’s a pity that West Bengal has got the 17th berth in question of industrial resurgence and growth. Interestingly this is the state that had offered the Indian industry minister like Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee who had helped country’s first railway engine manufacturing unit here in Chittaranjan.’ Mr Advani clamed, ‘the situation has deteriorated to the worst degree that none of the investors and entrepreneurs wish to come to West Bengal and I am sorry to say, its now considered having almost equal status as that of Bihar.’ The BJP veteran leader alleged, ‘unreasonable militant trade unionism and vandalism menace has led to the crisis in this state.’ Mr Advani meanwhile ruled out further closure bid with the CPSUs. He said, ‘I had been a loyal student of the postulates of a great thinker like Pandit Din Dayal Upadhaya who taught us that India’s basic foundation depends up on two practical commitments, firstly, every hand should be engaged with job and every agricultural pocket be poured with irrigation water. These are enough to help India touching the peak by 2020.’ He however did not commit re-opening of the closed CPSUs in this region in the near future.
Mr Advani spared a few words to dig at the Congress and said, ‘I am afraid that they may not secure number seats figuring three digit. The do not have a certain policy that the perple have come to understand.’ He ridiculed the congress stating that the party sincerely is lacking a saleable leader with a national stature. When we projected Mr Vajpayee for the second time now, they initially had presented one. But with my Bharat Uday Yatra, I came to know that there are a number of aspirants scattered around the country and each looking to have the prestigious chair separately.’ Mr Advani moved for Midnapore