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BJP will achieve record breaking results in LS polls: LK Advani

Saturday, 27 July 2013 - 5:28pm IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: PTI
Advani said the political situation prevailing in the country today were never more favourable for BJP in the past.

Senior BJP leader L K Advani today said the political atmosphere in the country is ideal for the party to get "record breaking results" with the Congress-led government failing to tackle corruption and price rise, creating a favourable condition for the main Opposition.

At the BJP Scheduled Caste Front National Executive here, he said the political situation prevailing in the country today were never more favourable for BJP in the past.

"Looking at the confidence of the SC Morcha workers here, I am sure that we will achieve record breaking results in the Lok Sabha elections," Advani said.

Referring to the opinion polls published in some newspapers today, he said usually such polls are "prejudiced" against BJP but this time, even these surveys show that the party will win the elections.

Predicting early polls, the BJP leader said the Lok Sabha and Assembly polls due this year would be over by April 2014.

"We have not experienced so many elections -- in six- seven states and the Lok Sabha elections -- in such a short span," he said.

"Keeping the weather conditions and other factors in mind, the Election Commission will also want early elections, whether the government wants it or not. The government may also want early polls. But whenever the elections are (to be) held, you should start preparations without speculating about the time," Advani said.

Ethnic Indian fights for custody of child converted to Islam Kuala Lumpur, Jul 27 (PTI) After winning a tough legal battle to nullify the conversion of her three Hindu children to Islam, an ethnic Indian in Malaysia has started contempt proceedings against her estranged husband for the custody of her youngest daughter.

Indira Gandhi is relieved that her children can retain their Hindu faith after a High Court on Thursday ruled their conversion null and void because it was unconstitutional, against the right of natural justice, and was done without hearing the mother or children.

While the kindergarten teacher has custody of two children, she still does not know the whereabouts of her youngest daughter who was taken away by her estranged husband in 2009.

Indira said she has started contempt proceedings against her husband for not complying with a court order to hand over all the children.

Indira, 40, said the two children with her -- Tevi Darsiny (16) and Karan Dinish (15) -- are happy that their identity crisis has come to an end.

Indira's youngest daughter Prasana Diksa was only a year old when she was taken away.

She has no idea how to reach her husband K Patmanathan, who embraced Islam and adopted the name Mohammad Ridzuan Abdullah.

"It's so painful to imagine that my little daughter may appear in front of me and not recognise me as her mother. My heart aches," she said yesterday.

"I don't know how I will handle it. I have no idea what lifestyle she has adopted over the years but no matter how she was raised, I want her back. She is my daughter and should be with me," she said.

In 2010, a High Court ordered Indira's estranged husband to hand over the children to her, who was given custody of them. Her husband had by then converted all three children to Islam.

After the court order, he returned the two older children to Indira but refused to hand over the youngest child.

The custody battle is now settled, with the Federal Court upholding the decision in favour of Indira.

Tevi Darsiny said she was happy she had been granted the freedom to practice the Hindu faith.

Both the children said they had gone through a hard time to fIgure out who they were.

Indira said she expected Ridzuan to file an appeal against the court's decision. "My counsel and I are ready to fight back," she said.

Conversion is a sensitive issue in Muslim majority Malaysia where around 60 per cent of 28 million people are Muslim Malays, with sizeable non-Muslim ethnic Chinese and Indian minorities.


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