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Updated: September 14, 2013 20:09 IST

Advani continues to be our guardian, mentor: Rajnath

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BJP president Rajnath Singh with prime ministrial candidate Narendra Modi and senior leader L.K. Advani at the party's office-bearers meeting in New Delhi. File photo
The Hindu BJP president Rajnath Singh with prime ministrial candidate Narendra Modi and senior leader L.K. Advani at the party's office-bearers meeting in New Delhi. File photo

A day after the Bharatiya Janata Party declared Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as its prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 general election, party president Rajnath Singh challenged the Congress to announce the name of its candidate.

“We have declared our candidate. But who is Congress’ choice? They cannot decide on any name yet. The country needs to know your choice,” Mr. Singh said in a press conference held in Mumbai on Saturday.

Referring to the speculation that Rahul Gandhi will be the Congress’ choice, Mr. Singh said that it has never happened before that the sitting Prime Minister was not the choice of ruling party. “Why do they need a second person, despite having a sitting PM?” he asked.

Mr. Singh however accepted that veteran BJP leader L.K. Advani was upset at a time when Mr. Modi's name was declared on Friday by BJP's parliamentary committee.

“He is the senior most leader of BJP. He is our guardian and mentor. He has a right to tell us a thing or two. He has a right to be upset at us,” he said. Though, he made it clear that party does not know the reason behind his unhappiness. “Yeh andar ki baat hai (This is the inside news),” he said when repeatedly asked for reasons behind Mr. Advani's discontent.

The BJP president also made it clear that he will not reply to the letter sent by Mr. Advani to him. According to Mr. Singh, judging by the mood of the nation, Mr. Modi is the most popular leader of the country today. “There were no double thoughts on his candidature (within party),” he said.

Hinting that the new allies will soon join the National Democratic Alliance, Mr. Singh said that pre- and post-election alliances are on cards, but refused to share any more details.

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If there was anyone who was divisive , it was Mr. Advani. He polarised the country with
Rath Yatras and exciting the hoodlums to destroy the Babri Masjid. Now the Kettle is
calling the Pot black!

from:  P.N.Shreeniwas
Posted on: Sep 15, 2013 at 17:00 IST

A Guru to whom the BJP pays no attention. Achhaa zmaanaa hai

from:  Nripinder
Posted on: Sep 15, 2013 at 10:32 IST

If Advani is still the mentor of BJP as claimed by Rajnath, then God
alone can save BJP.

from:  Venkatesh R
Posted on: Sep 15, 2013 at 08:02 IST

Wonder if this statement by Rajnath Singh will stop Advani's tears ???

from:  Avinash
Posted on: Sep 15, 2013 at 07:17 IST

Forget Advani. When Horse can not run race, u know what happens. People know where to put money. U need winning horse to take Derby

from:  Pravin
Posted on: Sep 14, 2013 at 23:52 IST

the party has got so much of inner conflict that it's impossible for
them to win the elections...the divisive rule is not going to work this
time also.

from:  Khyati Sinha
Posted on: Sep 14, 2013 at 23:33 IST

It is a joke to now say that Mr Advani is their mentor when they did not heed his advice. Advani's suggestion was that the announcement should be made after the assembly elections. What was the hurry to nominate Modi now? They were trying to make it a Presidential form of debate if the UPA announced their candidate for PMship now. Why should they as part of a coalition, the decision should be taken after and not before the election. NDA have lost an important ally by their haste in naming the candidate before the elections by forcing them c to do so now.That was a serious setback.

from:  S.N.Iyer
Posted on: Sep 14, 2013 at 23:16 IST

Isolating the father because of sibling Rivalry and try inherit power father is forsaken made to sulk shown the door to the old age home to the ridicule of neighbors and yet calling him the father and saying we respect him .The Mentor mockery by Rajnath singh is the Same. Advani is a mentor to many young politicians of different parties where they respect him though they have ideological differences but its not the same with Modi.

from:  Devaakumar
Posted on: Sep 14, 2013 at 22:23 IST

Despite all the last minute confusions, BJP has done well to announce the PM candidate in advance. I don`t think INC can do that and if that happens, I will be considered as a "knee-jerk" reaction to BJP`s initiative. INC has lost a golden opportunity to set the ball rolling. Well done BJP again and long live the L.K.A ji`s legacy.

from:  Raghavendran
Posted on: Sep 14, 2013 at 21:35 IST

This is nothing but like rubbing the salt on the wounds.

from:  spsingh
Posted on: Sep 14, 2013 at 21:01 IST

Rajnath Singh is the Hippocrates No. 1. Commenting on Advaniji
he said “He is the senior most leader of BJP. He is our guardian
and mentor. He has a right to tell us a thing or two. He has a
right to be upset at us,” but it is tho option of Rajnath to turn
a deaf ear to the opinion of Advaniji. Time shall say that the
present BJP leaders have ignored Advaniji exclusively to promote
their ambition and vested interest. A bad day for the nation is
comming. The legacy of Congress shall continue in the
metamorphosed BJP.

from:  Pradipta Kumar Purohit
Posted on: Sep 14, 2013 at 20:45 IST

Advani is the last person who should be calling Mr Modi a polarising figure. Wasn't he
the man who led the Rath Yatra and inspired the band thugs who demolished the Babri
Majid and made India look like Pakistan. Mr.Modi is no angel but he is a disciple of the
father of divisive politics.

from:  P.N.Shreeniwas
Posted on: Sep 14, 2013 at 20:14 IST
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