“Modi will be a good Prime Minister. He has PM credentials but one can’t compare him to Vajpayeeji,” he told the media. (JPN/Agencies)
Regarded as one of the pillars of the BJP, Vajpayee has been a stalwart in the Indian political arena for over six decades. Vajpayee served as the Prime Minister of India, three times - first for a brief term of 13 days in 1996, and then for two terms from 1998 to 2004.
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 arrived here to file his nomination papers from Gandhinagar constituency, said, “I had never intended not contesting 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.
Modi to accompany Advani
Polling for the seat will take place on April 30.
“Modi will be a good Prime Minister. He has PM credentials but one can’t compare him to Vajpayeeji,” he told the media.