New Delhi: Alleging that the Congress had become the ‘fiefdom’ of a single family, senior BJP leader L K Advani on Sunday said the country was paying a ‘heavy price’ as the ruling party had reserved the post of Prime Minster to its nominee or a family scion.

"Sadly, the Congress today has become the fiefdom of a single family. The office of Prime Minister is reserved either for the nominee or a member of the Nehru family. India is paying a heavy price because of a Prime Minister nominated by the Congress president," Advani said in his blog posting.

This, he said, was in sharp contrast to a period when patriots of all hues like Shayama Prasad Mukherjee of Jan Sangh and B R Ambedkar were accommodated in the Cabinet after
Independence at the behest of Mahatma Gandhi.

Noting that there was an increasing demand from within the Congress that a scion of the Nehru family become the Prime Minister, he said the Prime Ministership of a great   democracy like India should not be allowed to become the ‘jagirdari’ of a family.

He said the country cannot afford continuation of the ‘misrule’ that the UPA represents.