Modi, who shared the stage with Advani here, also recalled the BJP veteran’s ‘illustrious’ political career and his contribution to the country. (JPN/Agencies)
Modi said the 2014 Lok Sabha elections will be fought by the electorate and not by any party or candidate.
Putting up a show of unity after months of apparent frost in ties between the two, Modi also accompanied Advani as he filed his nomination papers from Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat.
Modi himself handed over Advani’s papers to the Returning Officer of Gandhinagar.
86-year-old Advani was accompanied by Modi, Revenue Minister Anandiben Patel and his aide Deepak Chopra who suggested that Modi hand over the papers.
Modi should not be compared with Vajpayee
Advani, who downplayed the controversy over his seat, earlier praised Modi as an able administrator.
“I will not call Narendra bhai my protege but I have never seen a more brilliant and efficient events manager than him. And this event management capacity he had brought to governance also. That has made him more suitable for the assignment, the party has given to him,” he said.
Advani, however, said Modi should not be compared with former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
“I would not compare, certainly not to Atalji. Atalji was a class by himself. The main ideologue of the party was Deen Dayal Upadhyay and the person to implement it in governance was Atalji,” he said.
Advani, who had courted controversy last month by wanting to contest from Bhopal, earlier today said that he never intended not contesting the Lok Sabha elections from Gandhinagar.
Advani, who has been the MP from Gandhinagar for five times, was reacting to questions related to the controversy regarding his desire to contest from Bhopal because of reported differences with BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.
The BJP stalwart recalled his relations with Gujarat and Gandhinagar from where he is seeking re-election to the Lok Sabha for the sixth term.
"Absolutely. Rejoicing. After all, my relations with Gandhinagar and with Gujarat did not start with my contesting from here. They started with the unfortunate aspect that accompanied India's Independence," Advani said when asked whether he was happy to be contesting from Gandhinagar.
When asked about his reported preference for Bhopal over Gandhinagar, Advani said, "No, that is not exactly true. There was a very strong request from Madhya Pradesh to contest from Bhopal also."
Advani had earlier expressed his desire to shift his constituency from Gandhinagar to Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh but decided to contest from his seat later following the intervention of RSS and BJP.
The BJP and RSS were of the view that Advani by not contesting from Gujarat would send wrong signals and he should contest from the seat he has been representing for the last several years.
Polling for the seat will take place on April 30.
Modi, who shared the stage with Advani here, also recalled the BJP veteran’s ‘illustrious’ political career and his contribution to the country.