NDA states are having good governance: Advani

New Delhi: Senior BJP leader L K Advani today said there could be some instances of shortcomings in some NDA-ruled states which are much highlighted, although they are examples of good governance and clean politics. Advani, however, did not specify the states where these shortcomings existed.

He was addressing party workers from Delhi, who had gathered at his residence to felicitate him ahead of his 40-day Yatra against corruption and good governance starting October 11. "We are happy that in the six years that we got an opportunity to rule the nation at the Centre, we gave an example of good governance. Even today, if NDA rules in nine states their governance and work is good. "If there are one or two instances of shortcomings somewhere, it is much talked about. But, by and large the governance in NDA-rules states is good," he said.

Advani said it was not just the issue of good governance that he aimed at spreading through his Yatra, but that of clean and honest politics also. "We want to talk about politics through this yatra. It is not merely about good governance but also that of clean and honest politics," he noted. Talking about clean politics, Advani said there should be no wrong-doing in politics, while admitting that it is difficult to remain honest in politics. "One should not do any wrong-doing in politics. It is difficult though to remain honest in politics. You need to have a strong character, discipline and patience in doing clean politics," he said. .

Advani went on to say the "onus lies on us that each party worker displays these elements in him, as otherwise the public will not spare us." The BJP leader lamented that "it is unfortunate that those who took over the reins of the nation, could not provide good governance and that is why the nation could not progress that much. Issues of poverty, illiteracy, unemployment and infrastructure thus remain."