STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

It is for Advani to clear the 'mist': BJP leader Uma Bharti

There has been no official word from the party or the 91-year-old leader, who was its longest-serving president, on his name not finding a place among the BJP's candidates for the poll.

Published: 24th March 2019 04:10 PM  |   Last Updated: 24th March 2019 04:10 PM   |  A+A-

Union Minister and senior BJP leader Uma Bharti (File | PTI)

By PTI

NEW DELHI: BJP leader and Union minister Uma Bharti Sunday said it is for L K Advani to clear the "mist", after the veteran leader was not named as a party candidate for the Lok Sabha elections, and asserted that his stature was not affected by contesting or not contesting any poll.

FOLLOW OUR FULL ELECTION COVERAGE HERE

Heaping praises on the 91-year-old leader, Bharti said it was Advani who played the central role in bringing the party to such a position that Narendra Modi is prime minister today and added that he never craved for any position in his long political career.

"The only person who should comment right now to clear the air, all these things- the mist around- is Advani ji," she told PTI, adding that it would not be proper for others, including her, to comment on the matter.

She was responding to questions on the party's decision to not nominate him from Gandhinagar, a seat he had been winning since 1998. BJP president Amit Shah will contest from the seat in the coming general election.

There has been no official word from the party or the 91-year-old leader, who was its longest serving president, on his name not finding a place among the BJP's candidates for the poll.

A number of veteran leaders, including Shanta Kumar, B C Khanduri and Kariya Munda- all in their 80s- have not been fielded by the BJP in the polls, seen as part of its strategy under Modi and Shah to ease them out and groom younger leaders in their place. Some of them had expressed their wish to not fight the coming polls.

Bharti said there cannot be a principle regarding not giving election tickets to leaders above a certain age and noted that many young MPs were also dropped by the party.

Fifty-nine-year-old Bharti herself is not contesting the Lok Sabha polls and said she had conveyed such a wish to the party leadership long back.

She said she plans to go on an 18-month-long journey on foot along the shores of the Ganga from May. Bharti was on Saturday appointed as a party vice president.

She also expressed confidence that Modi will return as prime minister with a thumping victory in the polls, asserting that there is no alternative to him.

"I have been praying to God that Modi become prime minister again. It will do the country and its poor a lot of good," she asserted.



Comments

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 newindianexpress.com 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 newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com 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. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp