LK as Parliamentary Board chief a promotion: Govindacharya
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Last Updated: Sunday, December 27, 2009, 17:58
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.


First Published: Sunday, December 27, 2009, 17:58

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