Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L.K. Advani has said the mood of the people is against the Congress and they are simultaneously disillusioned with his party too.
He faulted the party’s handling of Karnataka affairs in the wake of corruption allegations against the then Chief Minister, B.S. Yeddyurappa in 2010, in a veiled criticism of Nitin Gadkari who was the party president at that time.
“In the last few years, I have been feeling distressed to find that while the current mood of the people is against the present ruling party, they are simultaneously somewhat disillusioned with even the BJP,” Mr. Advani told The Week in an interview.
‘Bungled in Karnataka’
Underlining that BJP “is expected to have zero tolerance towards corruption,” the former Deputy Prime Minister said: “The manner in which we actually wrangled in Karnataka disappointed me.” He did not elaborate but was clearly referring to the dillydallying by the party high command on removing Mr. Yeddyurappa after the corruption allegations against him cropped up.
Mr. Yeddyurappa, whose government was the first by the BJP in any southern State, was finally forced to quit as Chief Minister months after the allegations against him surfaced.
Referring to the BJP conclave held here last week, Mr. Advani said he had “become very emotional” and was “sad” at the public disillusionment with his party.
At the same time, the BJP veteran said he was “optimistic” about the party’s future.