Advani`s remarks against Sonia `frustrated outbursts`: Cong

Congress dubbed as "frustrated outbursts" the veiled attack on Sonia Gandhi by senior BJP leader L K Advani, who talked of Congress president`s post becoming a "family monopoly".

Updated: Feb 06, 2011, 22:14 PM IST

New Delhi: Congress on Sunday dubbed as "frustrated
outbursts" the veiled attack on Sonia Gandhi by senior BJP
leader L K Advani, who talked of Congress president`s post
becoming a "family monopoly".

Party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said Advani was doing
all this to remain in news after he "lost all power even
within his party".

"It`s an old allegation repeated by an old author. Both
the wine and bottle are old. These are the frustrated
outbursts of the person, who has used the same allegations to
make a bid for the Prime Minister`s office but has instead
been reduced to the permanent position of PM in waiting,"
Singhvi said.
He was reacting to Advani`s latest post in his blog which
said, "Those were the days when every year the Congress would
have a new President. How much things have changed since!
Nowadays, Party Presidentship seems to have become a family
monopoly, and that too for life".
Countering the remarks, Singhvi said, "He (Advani) forgets
that Congress is the first party to have regular intra-party
elections. Sonia Gandhi has been elected party president
repeatedly in free and fair elections."

Ridiculing the BJP leader for his remarks, he said, "I
don`t see the reason why it causes headache to a person, who
has lost all power even his own party and was dethroned as its
president. He is now finding new ways to remain in news."

Advani said even Mahatma Gandhi, who commanded
extraordinary influence over the Congress all his life became
president of the party only once in 1924.

Sonia Gandhi was elected party president for the fourth
time unopposed last year. The tenure of the presidentship has
also been increased to five years from three years this time.

PTI