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Advani’s auspicious start

Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Lal Krishna Advani filed his nomination for the Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat on Wednesday. Prasad Nichenametla reports.

india Updated: Apr 09, 2009 00:44 IST
Prasad Nichenametla

Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Lal Krishna Advani filed his nomination for the Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat on Wednesday. With Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, wife Kamla and daughter Pratibha by his side, Advani made his way through the roads of Gandhinagar packed with his supporters and party workers.

Advani filed the nomination sharp at 12.39 pm — an auspicious moment he had been told. Before filing his papers, Advani performed a puja with his family, inaugurated the party’s election office in Gandhinagar and also addressed an election meeting in Gandhinagar.

An affidavit submitted by the Leader of the Opposition, while filing his nomination, shows that his wealth has almost trebled in five years. While in March 2004, Advani’s assets were worth was Rs 1.07 crore, it stands at Rs 3.04 crore. Also he has paid off the loan of Rs 5.54 lakh, which he had taken from IDBI, New Delhi. His wife Kamla’s assets have also trebled from Rs 17.74 lakh in 2004 to Rs 51.06 lakh now.

However, Advani, like Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, does not own a car.

Modi assures Advani of victory
After filing his papers, Advani told reporters that the good work done by Modi would ensure that he wins from Gandhinagar. Among his rivals is the popular danseuse Mallika Sarabhai.

Modi assured Advani that he would win even if he does not have enough time to campaign in the constituency. “It would be fine even if you come only on the election day,” he told Advani while thanking him for selecting Gandhinagar again. “It is our good fortune that we would be able to vote for a person like Advaniji. Not many people get this chance,” Modi told the partymen gathered to rally behind their prime ministerial candidate. Advani has contested all general elections from Gandhinagar since 1991 except in 1996 when he did not contest.