NEW DELHI: With Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha L.K. Advani coming under fresh attack from within, the Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday went into damage control mode, claiming that the former Goa Chief Minister, Manohar Parrikar, was misquoted.
Party spokesman Rajiv Pratap Rudy said: “In fact, he has compared Advani to Sachin Tendulkar and said that just as Tendulkar is progressing by and by and his game is improving with experience.... He has used the same metaphor for Advani. If beyond this some other words have been used for analysis, then it is wrong.”
Mr. Rudy was referring to Mr. Parrikar’s remarks to a Konkani television channel, in which he compared the senior BJP leader to “rancid pickle.”
The spokesman insisted that the former Chief Minister was misunderstood. “Aachaar ka swad waqt ke saath badhta hai [The taste of pickle improves with time]. Any other comparison is wrong.”
Asked about Mr. Parrikar’s reported statement that Mr. Advani’s career would end in a year or two, Mr. Rudy said: “I want to reiterate that he wanted to say that just as in a long career, Tendulkar’s experience improved, Advani’s experience is vast and the party will benefit from it.”
In his TV interview, Mr. Parrikar said: “At present, Advaniji’s innings is matured. It is like Sachin Tendulkar. However mature [an] innings he may play, some time he will have to stop playing. It is like a pickle which takes a year to mature. But if it is kept for two years or so, it gets rancid.”
Mr. Parrikar, however, denied that his reference was to Mr. Advani, claiming it was a general comment. — PTI