Party gave much more than PM’s post, says Advani

BJP leader L K Advani, on his 85th birthday on Thursday, said that what he had got from the the party was more than occupying the prime ministerial position.

Published: 09th November 2012 10:09 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th November 2012 10:24 AM   |  A+A-

BJP leader L K Advani, on his 85th birthday on Thursday, said that what he had got from the the party was more than occupying the prime ministerial position.

As a steady stream of visitors led by party chief Nitin Gadkari greeted Advani, he was asked about the “party’s gift to him” on his birthday.

Turning philosophical, Advani said: “The party has given me a lot. A lot of people say I aspire to be the PM... Tell me, is it bigger than what the party has given me?”

While stopping short of categorically ruling himself out of the prime ministerial race, Advani’s statement was read variously in the party. It was debated if Advani, who had turned ambitious lately, was resigned to the role of a mentor in the party, while some argued that the pressure of the RSS was at play. Meanwhile, the entire BJP leadership and a large number of party workers queued up at Advani’s residence, since morning, to greet him.

Gadkari was among the early visitors and he touched Advani’s feet and greeted him. Opposition leaders in Parliament Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley soon followed. 

Sushma later said that the second-rung leadership of the party had learnt the art of politics at the feet of Advani, and “hence they wished him a long life so that he could continue to guide them”.

Party spokesperson Prakash Javadekar added that for the BJP family “Atalji and Advaniji will always remain the source of inspiration”.

Former BJP president Rajnath Singh, Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, former Uttarakhand CM B C Khanduri and BJP chief spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad also greeted Advani.

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh wished him over phone.

The President, the Vice-President, and the Prime Minister also greeted the BJP leader on his birthday. Union ministers Sharad Pawar and Kamal Nath, and Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav also wished Advani over phone.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp