‘Advani can never become PM in coalition era’

Govindacharya ruled out BJP's chances of coming to power after the elections saying the party's existing strength in Parliament will further reduce.

Written by Agencies | Ahmedabad | Published: February 11, 2009 6:09 pm

Predicting a hung Parliament after the forthcoming general elections,former BJP leader K Govindacharya on Wednesday said this will increase political instability and also the strength of regional parties.

“All corrupt and opportunist and power-driven forces will cobble together to form the government at the Centre in the post-poll scenario,” he told reporters.

He also ruled out BJP’s chances of coming to power after the elections saying the party’s existing strength in Parliament will further reduce.

“If you analyse each and every state,there is not a major state where BJP will improve its seats in substantial number,” he said,adding Congress is likely to improve its performance in Rajasthan and Kerala.

He said neither Congress nor BJP would be able to garner the required 272 seats as regional parties will dominate major states.

“TDP,Left parties and AIADMK will get sizable number of seats in Andhra Pradesh,West Bengal and Tamil Nadu and they will want a third front government to be headed by a consensus candidate as prime minister,” he reasoned.

He claimed L K Advani can never become the prime minister in this era of coalition politics and also the BJP leader is a “reluctant fighter” and a “stop gap arrangement.”

Refusing to elaborate,he only said the prime ministerial candidature has been thrust upon Advani and he is preparing the ground for “somebody else”.

According to Govindacharya,who was once a key member of BJP’s political and social engineering process,the party has lost its track long back and it has abandoned its ideological path.

“Money power,increasing influence of US and corporates have caused this degeneration of the party,which did not even bother to register a police complaint when Rs 2.6 crore were stolen from its coffers by an insider recently,” he said.

On the party’s commitment to construction of the Ram temple at Ayodhya,he said “BJP has neither moral authority nor political ethics to talk about the issue any longer as it has abandoned it long back and its so called commitment is just an empty rhetoric.”

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