Advani won’t give credit to Modi alone for BJP success in assembly elections

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“It is a contribution of all party members, particularly chief ministers,” Advani said. (PTI) “It is a contribution of all party members, particularly chief ministers,” Advani said. (PTI)
Summary"It is a contribution of all party members, particularly chief ministers," Advani said.

BJP patriarch L K Advani Wednesday avoided giving credit to party’s PM candidate Narendra Modi alone for the BJP’s success in the recent assembly elections to four states. He said the credit should go to all party leaders along with the party’s respective chief ministerial candidates for the victory in these states.

“It is a contribution of all party members, particularly chief ministers,” Advani told reporters in Parliament, responding to queries regarding Modi’s imprint on BJP’s success in these polls.

The party veteran, however, did not lend much credence to speculation regarding induction of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh into party’s apex parliamentary board in the wake of securing their third terms.

“Elections are not a criteria for it. There are different criteria for induction in Parliamentary Board,” Advani said.

While Advani acknowledged the success of unconventional politics of AAP, he disapproved of their tactics to paint everyone as corrupt. “AAP worked in a fashion that was different from convention. But this is wrong to call everyone corrupt,” he said.

With Lok Sabha MPs from Andhra Pradesh, including some from Congress, moving a no-confidence motion against the government, Advani said that party was undecided about supporting the move given party’s support to Telangana statehood.

“We have not decided. But when this morning, TDP members came to us when we were having a meeting in our party office. They came to request us that we have been trying to mobilise numbers to strengthen the motion put to the House. So, we were inclined at first when we saw the text of the motion. It did not give arguments. It was a single line motion. We were inclined to support it. But on second thoughts, we considered as our party also suggested (the formation of Telangana), we thought it needs a re-look,” he said.

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