The BJP patriarch L.K. Advani on Sunday came out in support of the party’s prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi and exuded confidence that the party was poised to do well in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
Veteran BJP leader and former Deputy Prime Minister, however, had a word of caution for party cadres. Mr. Advani said the party should refrain from being “over confident.’’
“We lost the 2004 elections because we had become over confident. In this Lok Sabha election, we have to ensure that we do not become over confident,’’ he said while addressing the party’s National Council here.
Mr. Advani said that he wanted to address the lack of trust in the BJP among the Muslim community. ``They know they have been used for votes, and no one did anything for them. Our party believes in integral humanism. We do not discriminate on the basis of religion, caste or language. Those who talk about majority and minority are those who want their votes. We want to work for everyone,’’ he said.Though he was initially opposed to the suggestion of Mr. Modi being declared BJP’s prime ministerial nominee, Mr. Advani had a word of praise for Gujarat Chief Minister’s track record in governance in Gujarat.