New Delhi: L K Advani has got a "promotion"
after being made the Chairman of BJP Parliamentary Board, by
which he has been given the charge of the party in both the
Houses, feels former BJP ideologue K N Govindacharya.
"Advani has not been ousted (as Leader of Opposition in
Lok Sabha) but he has been promoted by the party which has
appointed him as Chairman of the Parliamentary Board," he said
during in an interview.
Earlier, Advani was only the BJP leader in Lok Sabha but
now, with amendment in the party constitution, he has been
made the leader in both the Houses, Govindacharya said.
"Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley are not elected leaders
in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, respectively, but nominated by
Advani," he said.
The 66-year-old, who left the party in 2000 following
differences of opinion with the party, said he had advised
both Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Advani to retire from politics
after BJP`s defeat in 2004 general election.
Govindacharya said he talked to both the party veterans
over phone and suggested that this was the right time to take
retirement so as to maintain their dignity.
"Advani asked me whether this was my personal opinion or
the collective view of the party members. He refused to accept
my suggestion at that time," he said.
With new BJP Chief Nitin Gadkari giving a call to leaders
who quit to come back to the party fold, Govindacharya has
hinted that he might consider returning only on his own terms.
At the same time, he said his return will make no
difference to the party.
"An organisation is bigger than an individual and the
country is bigger than the organisation. What difference would
it make if a single person (like me) returns to the party?".
He indicated that he might consider returning to the
party if it is possible on his own terms, but added, "I doubt
that those who want my return will agree to it."
"If my view and that of the BJP does not match, why
should I go back. I am yet to take a decision on whether I
will return or not," Govindacharya said.
On Gadkari`s statement on return of former leaders like
Uma Bharti, Kalyan Singh and himself, he said the new BJP
chief was his "old friend" but he has given a call without
doing "any homework".
To a question about his recent meeting with Advani after
nine years, Govindacharya said he had met the senior BJP
leader about two months back, ahead of Vijaya Dashami.
"It was a personal meeting in which my return to the
party was not on the agenda," he said.