Disgruntled BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha on Thursday yet again backed party veteran L.K. Advani as the most deserving candidate for the post of President of India, saying he was physically fit and has the ability to “understand the complexity of the Constitution”. In a series of tweets, Sinha said: “What Advaniji has, is the ability to understand the complexity of the Constitution and to take the right decision when needed without getting influenced by anyone, in the larger interest of the nation.” Sinha’s remarks came as a three-member BJP committee is to meet Congress President Sonia Gandhi and other opposition leaders to evolve a consensus for next President of the country.
Sinha also said that Advani, who is 89, is “physically fit” for the post and no one has come out against his candidature. “No one is able to speak anything, be it from within or outside d party…no voice coming out against Advani’s candidature. “Advaniji is much more healthy and energetic than any of the young leaders. He has kept himself maintained so that he can take responsibility of the country,” Sinha said.
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Sinha has been sidelined in the party after Narendra Modi became Prime Minister of the country. He was also not inducted into Modi’s council of ministers though he has claimed of long association with the BJP, since the time when the party had two members in the Lok Sabha. His proximity to Advani is said to be one of the reasons for being sidelined in the BJP.
During the Bihar Assembly polls, Sinha had spoken in favour of JD-U President and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. He does not enjoy good relations with Bihar BJP leaders, including former Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi. Sinha had on Tuesday described Advani as “Pitamah” of the BJP, saying that he most richly deserves to be President of the country.