L K Advani,who a few months ago was BJP’s prime ministerial candidate,was compared to a “rancid pickle” on Tuesday by a senior party leader,who also said his “period” was over.
“At present Advaniji’s innings is matured. It is like Sachin Tendulkar. However matured innings he may play,sometime 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,” said former Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar in an interview to a local television channel.
He also said “Advaniji’s period is more or less over… another couple of years and after that he should act as a guardian or mentor for the party. He should be available whenever we need him. His capability and experience should be available for BJP.”
Parrikar,who is even being speculated as a possible successor to Rajnath Singh as party President,however,denied his reference was to Advani claiming it was a general comment.
“Advaniji is my icon. The media is distorting my comments. I only asked for a young person–between 40 and 55 years of age– to be the party president. I stand by my comments.”
Advani had been under attack since the electoral loss. Jaswant Singh,who has since been expelled,has been severe on him and other leaders like Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie have questioned the former Deputy Prime Minister’s version on the Kandahar episode.
Asked about speculation that his name is doing the rounds for party president ship,Parrikar said he was not in the race.
Parrikar said there were three or four aspects which could be considered while selecting the party chief. He denied the party was communal.
“There is a lot of wrong projection about BJP which can be cleared off with new face,” he said.