New Delhi: BJP leader L K Advani on Saturday
hit out at Digvijay Singh for his comments that Rahul Gandhi
should become Prime Minister and wondered whether any Congress
leader would have continued in his post if he had made such
comments against party nominees like I K Gujral or Deve Gowda.
In his latest blog posting, Advani said the
implication of Digvijay`s statement is that the present
incumbent of the Prime Minister`s chair must yield place to
the scion of the Nehru-Gandhi family.
"I wonder if in any other democracy the General
Secretary of the ruling party would dare make a public
statement of this kind. In a Communist country, the First
Secretary of the Communist Party may have the authority to say
so, but he too may consider it indiscreet," Advani said.
The BJP Parliamentary Party chief maintained that
other than Manmohan Singh, there have been Prime Ministers in
the past who were nominated to the post by the Congress but
still no party member would have made such comments against
"Indeed, everyone knows that like Dr Manmohan Singh,
Chandra Shekhar, Deve Gowda, I K Gujral were all nominees of
the Congress Party. But when they were Prime Ministers, would
any Congress General Secretary have dared make a similar
statement? And if any such statement had been made, would they
have continued in office?" Advani asked.
Singh had last week said it is high time Rahul Gandhi
became Prime Minister, but later said Manmohan Singh is a
"fairly good Prime Minister".
"He has clumsily tried to retract his earlier
irresponsible statement first by praising Manmohan Singh and
then by affirming glibly `I will be happy to see Rahul as a PM
in my lifetime`," Advani said.