Advani says party had cautioned Yeddyurappa

Virtually admitting embarrassment on account of B.S. Yeddyurappa's arrest in an alleged land scam, L.K. Advani on Tuesday said it will be difficult to win against the "corrupt" Congress if his party too is bedevilled by similar weaknesses.

However, he asked the Congress to see the writing on the wall in the wake of Monday's rout in byelections and said the UPA government could be pulled down if any of its allies chooses to do so.

Addressing a press conference here, Advani initially parried a question on Yeddyurappa but later admitted that the party suffered embarrassment on account of former Karnataka chief minister's arrest.

"We don't take our internal weaknesses lightly. This thing was vindicated in Karnataka clearly. We had cautioned him but once the report (of Lokayukta on illegal mining) came, he had to quit. Small mistakes by others is embarrassing the party leadership. There may be chances of a slip up so I am telling every one in the party to remain vigilant," he said.

Advani went on to add that the party was fully conscious of the fact that "no party can win the confidence of the people against the present corruption of the Congress party if it's own house is bedevilled by similar weaknessses."

He also described the present political situation as "very uncertain" and said no one can predict what is likely to happen. Someone in the government may say they will continue in power for another two years and someone in opposition may affirm that the government will not last long.

"I cannot say either way. The uncertain political situation depended essentially on the government and whatever remains of the UPA if one of them wants to pull it down... But the Opposition by itself cannot pull it down," he said.

Advani said while in the case of Rajiv Gandhi's government V.P. Singh pulled it down, Congress is fortunate that "there is no V.P. Singh now".

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