Senior BJP leader L K Advani on Sunday made it clear that he will contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections and is not thinking of getting a Rajya Sabha nomination. “I have not said anything about Rajya Sabha nomination. If somebody offers me this suggestion I will think about it. But it is natural, I think, that if I had to consider it I would have done it earlier,” Advani said.
Speaking to media persons after unfurling the national flag at his residence, Advani said he would fight the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. “This is what is in my mind,” he added. The senior leader’s comments come after speculation that the BJP was considering nominating Advani to the Rajya Sabha in an apparent bid to consolidate prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s position within the party. Asked for his opinion on President Pranab Mukherjee’s speech on the eve of the Republic Day, Advani said it was significant that the president found it imperative to speak against “populist anarchy” in his address to the nation. “On today’s occasion I will not comment on anybody even though it is significant, more so as the President found it necessary to comment on this,” Advani said.
Advani also agreed with the president’s appeal against a fractured mandate and hoped that the country would have a government with a complete majority after elections. Maintaining that security was the top concern for the country, he noted that education and health care were also important areas.