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Dec 02, 2012 at 06:30pm IST

Has Advani lost his Prime Ministerial hopes, asks Digvijaya Singh

New Delhi: Congress leader Digvijaya Singh, in a bitter jibe at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) patriarch LK Advani, on Sunday asked if he had given up his Prime Ministerial dreams. When asked about BJP leader Sushma Swaraj's strong backing for Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as the party's Prime Ministerial candidate, Digvijaya said, "First ask Advaniji. Has he lost his hopes?"

Advani, who recently celebrated his 85th birthday, had announced that he was not in the race to become the Prime Minister of India. "The party has given me so much all my life that it is much more than becoming the prime minister," Advani told his colleagues at his residence in Delhi.

The BJP is currently grappling with leadership crisis with corruption charges against its President Nitin Gadkari. While the RSS has come out in the support of Gadkari claiming he is "legally and morally clear", many senior BJP leaders have demanded his resignation saying his presence in the party will make the BJP "morally weak".

Giving a new twist to the debate, Sushma Swaraj had on Saturday said that Modi was fit to be the Prime Minister. She made the statement while on campaign trail in Gujarat that goes to polls in two phases on December 13 and 17. The remark was followed by a kind of affirmation by Modi himself who said that the Gujarat elections would provide a new direction to the country and change the course of politics at the centre.

Congress, Keshubhai working together to defeat me: Modi

On Sunday, during an election rally in Rajpipla, Narendra Modi accused the Congress of striking a secret deal with his critic and ex-BJP leader Kehubhai Patel in order to defeat him in the elections.

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