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Advani hints at bid for PMship

It is a year since he quit as the BJP president but leader of the opposition L.K. Advani says he is the prime minister-in-waiting. In an interview to news channel CNN-IBN, Advani said, "If you look at the British system, it is always the leader of the opposition who is the prime minister-in-waiting."

india Updated: Dec 11, 2006 00:52 IST

It is a year since he quit as the BJP president but leader of the opposition L.K. Advani says he is the prime minister-in-waiting.
In an interview to news channel CNN-IBN, Advani said, "If you look at the British system, it is always the leader of the opposition who is the prime minister-in-waiting."

However, Advani said former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee would not name him as the prime ministerial candidate. "While I had given his name for prime ministership in the first place, I don't expect him to return that favour to me," said Advani.

That was in 1995. A year later, Vajpayee had become the prime minister of a 13-day government. Asked if his staking the claim to be BJP’s prime ministerial candidate in the Lok Sabha polls — scheduled for 2009 —  did not compromise BJP president Rajnath Singh's position, Advani said, "The party will decide what to do with Rajnath Singh."

Advani also expressed his dismay at his present position within the BJP.
“Earlier as leader of opposition, I also took great interest in organisational matters. I have stopped doing that now. I am more of a consultant. "
Having remained silent since relinquishing his position as Bharatiya Janata Party chief, Advani’s remarks are seen as an exprsession of his displeasure at the way things are being run in the party.

Advani made it clear that all the controversies of the past, from the Jinnah fiasco to his open spat with the RSS, were not going to halt his political progress.

Referring to his Pakistan trip in which he praised M.A. Jinnah, Advani said, "My trip helped people get rid of the perception of that here was a man, a party which was percieved to be anti-Islam... that it was wrong perception."
Dismissing the findings of the Sachar Committee that studied the socio-economic status of Muslims, the BJP leader said it was the "worst kind of vote-bank politics being practised by the Congress party".