New Delhi: Congress on Monday hit back at LK Advani for describing it as a `fiefdom` of a single family, saying his views reflect "his frustration from unfulfilled
The ruling party also asked the BJP veteran to
introspect why the his party "has conceded Opposition`s space
to civil society".
"Advani is nowdays blogging with frequency. His
writings reflect his frustration and disappointment borne out
of unfulfilled desires. The seriousness, which is expected
from a senior politician, is not visible there," party
spokesperson Manish Tewari told reporters here.
He also questioned why the "Opposition space is being
conceded by BJP to pretenders and non-governmental types",
adding that Advani should pay attention to these facts.
"If the BJP leader could throw some light on this
aspect, he will be able to do some good for his party as well
as the democracy," Tewari said.
Tewari was reacting to Advani`s comments in his blog
in which the BJP leader yesterday said, "Sadly, the Congress
today has become the fiefdom of a single family. The office of
Prime Minister is reserved either for the nominee or a member
of the Nehru family. India is paying a heavy price because of
a Prime Minister nominated by the Congress president."
Noting that there was an increasing demand from
within the Congress that scion of the Nehru family become the
Prime Minister, Advani said the Prime Ministership of a great
democracy like India should not be allowed to become the
"jagirdari" of a family.
Tewari, however, dismissed the contention saying that
Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi were chosen
by Congress as Prime Ministers as people voted for them and
Sonia Gandhi is also the President of the party for that very