‘Advani should worry about rival claimants in BJP’

Congress hit back at Advani for his remarks on UPA`s "pecking order", saying the BJP leader should first keep a tab on rival claimants in his party.

Last Updated: Oct 24, 2011, 22:13 PM IST

New Delhi: Congress today hit back at L K
Advani for his remarks on UPA government`s "pecking order",
saying the BJP leader should first keep a tab on the rival
claimants to the prime minister`s post in his party.

"They should first see in their own backyard that how
many claimants for the post of Prime Minister are surfacing in
BJP even as the party does not have even a remote chance of
coming to power. He better concentrate on his party matters
than bothering who is number one or number two in Congress,"
party spokesperson Rashid Alvi told reporters here.

Taking a dig at Advani, senior Congress leader Digvijay
Singh said, "May God give long life to Advani. As long as he
remains a prime ministerial candidate (of BJP) and keeps on
taking yatras, we have nothing to worry."

Their comments came hours after Advani targeted the
Congress saying though there was always a question mark over
who was the number one in the government, now by creating a
"pecking order" a question mark has been raised over who was
the number two.
Advani made the remarks in Sambalur in Orissa during his
his anti-corruption Yatra.

He was reacting to reports that Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh directed that either Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee
or Home Minister P Chidambaram should remain in Delhi to look
after the day-to-day affairs of government dueing his three
foreign visits next month.
Alvi also took a jibe at Advani for conflicting reports
about his yatra covering Bangalore in the BJP-ruled Karnataka,
where former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa is in judicial
custody in an alleged land scam.

"On one hand Advani is taking anti-corruption rally, and
on the other hand he says he had cautioned Yeddyurappa. Does
it mean he knew what all the then Karnataka Chief Minister was
involved in," the Congresss spokesperson said.

PTI