New Delhi: Senior BJP leader, Rajnath Singh who was chief minister of his home-state, Uttar Pradesh for two years and twice BJP’s national president talked about the vacuum of central leadership in the saffron party and the controversial blog written by party veteran LK Advani on Saturday.
He spoke to Zeenews.com’s Swati Chaturvedi on her chat show Kahiye Janab.
Singh said, “BJP is continuously emerging as a strong Opposition party”, on being asked about the ‘Economists’ report on BJP with the title ‘Big Joke Party’.
Describing BJP as the party with a “galaxy of leaders”, when asked about reports of ‘vacuum’ of central leadership in the saffron party, Singh replied that there was no dearth of leaders in the party and asserted that that no one was in the race or no one was challenging anyone to emerge as a leader. He elaborated that the BJP was not a private limited company but was a people’s party. “Internal democracy is the biggest strength of BJP”, he added.
When asked about Gujarat’s Chief Minister, Narender Modi as a potential prime ministerial candidate in 2014 elections, he stated, “Only the BJP’s central parliamentary board has the right to take a decision on it. He also acknowledged that Modi had proved to be a role model for other states chief ministers’ in terms of governance in Gujarat.
Answering a question on whether Modi showed his petty side on Sanjay Joshi issue, Singh said that no one had a small heart in BJP. “His resignation was an internal matter of the party,” he stated.
On senior BJP leader, LK Advani’s blog that created a flutter in the party and exposed the power struggle and widening rift between the top leaders, Singh said, “I considered that the content of his blog as an advice and suggestion to the party.” He also said, “It is quite natural for a veteran leader to give advice to his party members.”
Further, Singh said that as a powerful Opposition, BJP has always build pressure on the central government. He gave the example of recent roll back of petrol prices as a result of the Bharat bandh initiative undertaken by the NDA and its allies across the country.
At the same time Rajnath Singh categorically said that he had no desire to be in the race for the prime minister of the country. On an emotional note he underlined that the only dream of his party was to make India a great nation.