Projecting Advani as PM candidate was a blunder: RSS ideologue
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Last Updated: Tuesday, September 01, 2009, 23:20
New Delhi: Projecting L K Advani as Prime Ministerial candidate and making him the focus of the campaign was a political blunder, RSS mouthpiece 'Panchjanya' has said in an article in its latest issue.

In his article, RSS ideologue Devendra Swaroop has said Congress cashed in on the blunder made by BJP by playing up Advani's age, ignoring his long political experience, and projecting its campaign on lines of "old versus young".

The Congress, which had used Manmohan Singh tactically against Advani, intelligently placed Sonia Gandhi and Rahul on a high moral pedestal by keeping them out of the Prime Ministerial race.

The writer was also critical of the manner in which Advani had got his autobiography translated in different languages and launched them with great fanfare which gave the impression that he was portraying himself as one sculpting the destiny of Indian politics.

"But, they (BJP leaders) had forgotten that all this will boomerang and the RSS cadre would not be able to forget his pro-Jinnah image," he said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, September 01, 2009, 23:20

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