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Advani has to go a long way to be PM: Govindacharya

india Updated: Feb 28, 2009 16:08 IST

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In a veiled support for Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as prime ministerial candidate ahead of BJP leader L K Advani, former General Secretary of the saffron party, K N Govindacharya, today said Advani would have to go a long way before being able to become PM.

"Advani has to traverse a lot of distance before becoming the country's Prime Minister," he told reporters here.

"The timing of announcement of Advani's name as NDA's prime ministerial candidate was cruel...His name was announced a day ahead of the results in Gujarat," he said hinting that Modi was, perhaps, better at winning elections.

Taking a dig at Advani for launching websites and reaching out to masses through advertisements, he said that "management techniques don't work in elections."

He, however, said Advani, like others in the party, is a good candidate of the BJP.

Holding that there is "turmoil" in all political parties, he said that all outfits had put values and issues on the back burner and worked only for vested interests.

"Manipulation and tricks have become the core of working methodology of all political parties," he said.

He said that the BJP need to evolve a scientific style of functioning. "On the basis of personality, the BJP cannot sustain for a longer period," he added.

"Ideology is the cementing force in the BJP," he said adding that presently around seven to eight leaders in BJP were busy criticising each other.

Observing that there is no difference between the Congress and the BJP, he said "BJP is Congress with a Saffron pinch."

On BJP's recent decision to again rake up the issue of Ram temple, he said that "It is a question of faith rather than that of a leader or party."

Claiming that pub culture was not good for the country, he said "When we talk of pub culture then gender difference should not be seen into it," he added.

He stressed the need for electoral reforms and said that booth-wise counting should be avoided as weaker sections of the people would hesitate to vote.

Supporting the move to let electors be given the opportunity to express a negative vote, he said the choice 'None of the above" should be included in electronic voting machines.