Advani says Modi not his heir apparent

BJP’s prime ministerial candidate L K Advani has said that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is not his “heir apparent” although he may be the party’s most popular leader right now.

Written by Press Trust Of India | New Delhi | Published:March 14, 2009 3:16 am

BJP’s prime ministerial candidate L K Advani has said that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is not his “heir apparent” although he may be the party’s most popular leader right now.

Advani said this in an interview to a leading magazine. Advani was asked whether Modi was “standing above the other second-generation leaders of the BJP” and if he was the “heir apparent.” To this Advani replied,“no,I would not say so,especially when we have a string of Chief Ministers who have been performing so well.”

To a question as to whether the Gujarat Chief Minister was the most popular leader after him,Advani replied,”why after me? He may be the most popular leader right now.”

The 82-year-old veteran leader also sought to downplay the “youth card.” He said: “I do not attach much importance to the so-called youth card. I don’t think age is a handicap in politics as long as one is fit. There is experience you bring with age.”

He said the party’s approach in the 2004 general elections was “complacent” caused by “overconfidence”,which led to a major debacle. “Now I say it’s a good thing for the party that the overconfidence has gone. The defeat in the Rajasthan and Delhi Assembly elections is also something that makes us work harder,” he said.

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