Ending conjectures on his candidature for the country’s supreme political office, BJP patriarch LK Advani has said he will decide on the issue depending on his “health” and “capability” to contribute to the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
Advani said this on Friday in an interview to the Press Trust of India, at Umariya in Madhya Pradesh, thus keeping alive the debate over his candidature for the next prime minister’s post.
The 84-year-old former deputy prime minister is on a nationwide Jan Chetna Yatra against corruption.
Later, in Jabalpur, Advani took serious exception to PM Manmohan Singh’s statement that the RTI Act should not adversely affect the deliberative process in government.
“For the last few years, the UPA government has always claimed credit for enacting the RTI Act and now when the instrument of the RTI is being powerfully used by activists to expose corruption… of the UPA government then suddenly the prime minister has spoken about the need to have a critical look at it,” said Advani.
“The concern for a critical look at the RTI is basically because of the series of exposures of various scams and corruption in the UPA government.”
He added the BJP was against any review of the RTI Act.
Advani told PTI the PM was a “failure”, claiming that the PM did not realise that he was expected to stop corruption; that the buck stopped at him.
The veteran leader said he had “liked that Anna Hazare had contradicted Prashant Bhushan’s comments on Kashmir”, but added, he had not spoken so earlier as he did not want people to interpret it as his being happy at any sign of differences within Team Anna.