In the midst of former Vice President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat raking up the issue of BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate, the party on Saturday said L K Advani would occupy the top post if NDA regains power at the Centre. "The NDA would win the Lok Sabha polls with a comfortable majority and L K Advani would become the country's next prime minister," BJP President Rajnath Singh told a press conference in Bhopal.
The BJP president claimed more allies were joining NDA. Singh, however, declined to comment on Shekhawat's move to contest Lok Sabha polls saying "if you respect a person, you do not talk much about him".
Shekhawat had created a flutter when he said he had plans to contest Lok Sabha polls if his health permits amid media speculation that his idea could be a challenge to BJP prime ministerial Advani for the top post. "Those who have taken a dip in the Ganges do not go for a swim in the well," Singh had said, to which Shekhawat had hit back saying "I never demanded a ticket from BJP and if the party does not want to allot ticket, it is the party's sweet will. I have nothing to do with it".
Over Rajnath's statement that someone who had held a key constitutional post should not indulge in electoral politics, Shekhawat had said India's first Governor General C Rajagopalachari had contested elections and had become the Chief Minister of Madrass after leaving the post. The BJP president denied Shekhawat's statements had caused any problem to BJP.