New Delhi: Two days after the Prime
Minister took potshots at their senior leader L K Advani, BJP
on Friday hit back saying when Manmohan Singh stated their
leader treated the top post as his birth-right he was actually
referring to the "dynastic politics prevalent" in Congress.
"When the Prime Minister addressed Mr Advani to suggest
that the latter thinks it is his birthright, I think he was
addressing somebody else. Neither Mr Advani nor BJP believes
in birthright," Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha
Arun Jaitley told reporters.
"Those who believe in dynastic politics believe in
birthright", he added.
Jaitley was alluding to the Nehru-Gandhi family`s hold
"Democratic parties elect leaders on the basis of merit
and never accept the concept of birthright. It is only parties
which work on the concept of succession talk of birthright,"
BJP`s silence on the attack on its leader by Singh in
the Lok Sabha had raised eyebrows. No BJP member got up in the
House to counter the Prime Minister nor was any party leader
ready to speak on this issue for the past two days.
In his reply to the debate on the WikiLeaks revelations
of bribing of MPs by the ruling party in 2008 to win the trust
vote, Singh had said in the Lok Sabha that "the main
opposition party, right from the year 2004, has adopted the
attitude that we are a usurper. Advaniji believes that being
Prime Minister was his birth right and therefore, he has never
While the Treasury Benches were in splits, the
opposition had kept silent.
"All I can say to Advaniji is that people of India have
voted us to power in free and fair elections. Please wait for
another three and half years," Singh added.
Advani, who was present in the House, let the matter go
with a wry smile on his face.
Singh`s comment, along with his use of a couplet by poet
Iqbal, had taken the sting out of the Opposition attack and
swayed the debate in the government`s favour.