New Delhi: The leadership debate within the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) revived on Saturday as the party celebrated its 33 Foundation Day in Gujarat. While party leader Vijay Goel said the BJP would win the next Lok Sabha elections under LK Advani's leadership, the latter emphasised in his address that "today's BJP is different from my idea of the party".
"The party was strengthened by Atal Bihari Vajpayee and LK Advani. Vajpayee has been unwell but under Advani's guidance the BJP will come to power in 2014," said Goel. Addressing his party members at the Foundation Day, Advani insisted there should be no compromise with indiscipline and corruption. "Things that I get to hear these days do not match with my idea of the BJP. I am deliberately raking this issue up today because I believe that this party can benefit the country a lot. But the country cannot be benefitted just by winning state elections, we have to have the policy of complete intolerance towards indiscipline and corruption," he said.
With many speculating that elections can be held in the country in 2013, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is considered to be a prominent candidate of the BJP for the Prime Minister's post. While the top brass of the party has always refused to clarify on the issue, many BJP leaders have at several occasions said that Modi is the perfect choice for the Prime Minister's post.
Even Modi, for the first time, on Thursday virtually admitted to his prime ministerial ambitions when he said that he has paid Gujarat's debt and now the time has come to pay the debt he owes to "Mother India". The statement, however, did not go down well with the Congress which said it hoped that Modi doesn't want a repeat of what happened in Gujarat in 2002 in other parts of the country.