L.K. Advani is certainly one of the tallest leaders BJP has produced. However his time is over. He is like that unwanted aged player in the team who exists only to fill one position.
His predictions about the 2014 elections are making news. The media seem to have exaggerated what he actually said. What he says is
1. The shape which national polity has acquired in the past two and a half decades makes it practically impossible for any government to be formed in New Delhi which does not have the support either of the Congress or of the BJP. A third Front Government, therefore, can be ruled out.
2. A non-Congress, non-BJP Prime Minister heading a government supported by one of these two principal parties is however feasible. This has happened in the past also.
But, as the Prime Ministership of Ch. Charan Singh, Chandrashekharji, Deve Gowdaji and Inder Kumar ji Gujral (all supported by Congress) as also of Vishwanath Pratap Singhji (supported by BJP) have shown, such governments have never lasted long.
I wonder if our media has lost its comprehension skills and has mistaken the word “feasible” to “most certainly”. Not really. The media is not as dumb as it sounds.
They have so cleverly interpreted him to demoralize the BJP supports and more importantly tried to cut Narendra Modi’s aspirations. They have tried to show that Advani thinks Narendra Modi can not be a prime minister.
One of BJP’s recurring failure is it’s inability to ignore media criticism. BJP always wants the media to talk good about them.
Narendra Modi is precisely what India needs today. BJP right in not projecting him as the PM candidate at this stage. But as the elections approach he must be projected as the PM candidate and if anyone like Nitish shows opposition to him, they must be asked to leave.