Patna, April 14 : Senior BJP leader L K Advani Monday held that Atal Bihari Vajpayee's six years as prime minister were better for India's development than the long rule of Congress' prime ministers Jawaharal Nehru and Indira Gandhi
"Vajpayee's tenure as PM was best ever," Advani said addressing election meetings in Bihar's Banka and Katihar parliamentary constituencies.
Visiting Bihar for the first time to campaign for BJP candidates during ongoing Lok Sabha polls, he did not directly target Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar
Gandhinagar, April 5 : Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi will become the next prime minister of India but cannot be compared to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, senior BJP leader L. K. Advani said Saturday.
"Modi will become the PM of the country... I would not compare him (Modi) to Vajpayee ji," the former deputy prime minister said Saturday.
"Atalji was a class by himself. The main ideologue of the party was Deen Dayal Upadhyay and the person to implement it (ideology) in governance was Atalji," said Advani.
New Delhi, March 25 : Never has the defeat of Congress been as certain as in the 2014 Lok Sabha poll, veteran BJP leader L. K. Advani said Tuesday.
"I have participated in all general elections held in independent India since 1952. In none of the 15 elections held till today, the Congress party's defeat seemed as certain as it does this time, I have been telling party colleagues," Advani said in a blog published Tuesday.
He also recounted that he has been representing Gandhinagar in the Lok Sabha since 1989, except for the 11th Lok Sabha when he did not contest following corruption charges.
New Delhi, Mar 23 : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has replaced L. K. Advani's loyalist and sitting MP Harin Pathak with Bollywood actor Paresh Rawal from Ahmedabad East Lok Sabha seat in Gujarat.
In the fresh list of nine candidates announced yesterday, the BJP also decided to field state office in-charge of the party, Alok Sanjar, from Bhopal seat in Madhya Pradesh.
Sitting MP Prabhatsinh Chouhan would seek re-election from Panchmahal seat and former MLA Deep Sinh Rathore will contest from Sabarkantha. (ANI)
New Delhi, March 20 : A host of BJP leaders, including prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Thursday rushed to meet patriarch L. K. Advani amid reports that he did not want to again contest from Gandhinagar, the seat for which the party has named him.
Gandhinagar in Gujarat is the seat that Advani represents in the 15th Lok Sabha. The senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader, according to sources, wanted to fight the polls from Madhya Pradesh capital Bhopal this time.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had also called party president Rajnath Singh and requested him to let Advani contest from Bhopal.
New Delhi, Mar 18 : Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Lal Krishna Advani will contest next month's general elections from Gujarat's Gandhinagar constituency, the Gujarat unit of the party announced on Tuesday.
Gujarat BJP unit spokesman Vijay Rupani said: "The state unit has approved L. K. Advani's name from the Gandhinagar constituency, and will send its recommendation to the party office in Delhi."
New Delhi, March 12 : The RSS was not involved in the killing of Mahatma Gandhi, BJP patriarch L. K. Advani said in a blog, quoting Gandhi's grandson Rajmohan Gandhi Wednesday.
Advani's blog 'Mahatma was perhaps not right' Wednesday also said Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's contributions have not been acknowledged.
"This book by Rajmohan Gandhi has effectively nailed the Congress party's slanderous campaign against the RSS in respect of Mahatmaji's assassination," Advani wrote.
New Delhi, Feb 11 : Commenting on Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L. K Advani's statement about his party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Former Samajwadi Party leader Shahid Siddiqui on Tuesday said Advani was just trying to compensate for opposing Modi earlier by praising him now.
"It is too soon to say whether Modi's governance would be better than Advani's but it is clear that Advani is now just trying to compensate for his opposition to Modi," said Siddiqui.
New Delhi, Nov 8 : Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Friday wished party veteran L. K. Advani on his birthday. He turned 86.
Modi met Advani Friday morning before leaving for a rally in Bahraich, Uttar Pradesh, and presented him a flower bouquet.
The meeting between the two lasted for 15 minutes.
Advani was born Nov 8, 1927, in Karachi, now part of Pakistan.
"Best wishes to Advani ji on his birthday. He is always an inspiration for us," Modi tweeted before meeting the BJP leader.
Patna, Oct 11 : Veteran Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L. K. Advani will not attend the party's Oct 27 Patna rally.
"Advani will not attend the BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's rally in Patna Oct 27," BJP general secretary Ananth Kumar told mediapersons here Friday.
Ananth Kumar downplayed Advani's decision not to attend the rally.
New Delhi, Oct 8 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L. K. Advani Tuesday gave credit for the successful party workers' conclave in Bhopal last month to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. He. however, made no mention of the party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi who was the main speaker.
In the latest post on his blog "No full stops in BJP", Advani said over six lakh workers had registered for the "Karyakarta Mahakumbh".
New Delhi, Aug 15 : BJP leader L. K. Advani Thursday said that Independence Day was not a day to "criticise one another", after Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi attacked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
"Today is Independence Day. Without criticising one another, people should be aware on this day that India has unlimited possibilities," the BJP leader said after unfurling the national flag at his residence.
In his Independence Day speech at Bhuj, Modi called Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's speech from the Red Fort "uninspiring" and criticised him on several accounts.
New Delhi, Aug 3 : Outspoken BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha has caused more embarrassment to his party, saying during a TV interview that senior leader L. K. Advani was best suited to be the party's prime ministerial candidate.
He also said Friday that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi should not have been made the party's 2014 election committee chief.
In an interview to news channel Aaj Tak, the Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Patna Sahib in Bihar said: "If popularity is the criterion (to choose Modi) then Amitabh Bachchan should have been made this country's president".
Patna, July 23 : Actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha Tuesday said he favoured BJP leader L. K. Advani over Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
"I like Advani more than Modi," the Bharatiya Janata Party's Lok Sabha member from Patna Saheb in Bihar told the media here.
Sinha, who is known for his frankness, expressed unhappiness over the sidelining Advani in the party and its decision making process.
"It was wrong to sidelined Advani. It will not help the party."
Chennai, July 23 : BJP leader L. K. Advani will visit Salem Aug 1 to take part in a meeting to condole the murder of the party's Tamil Nadu general secretary V. Ramesh.
Ramesh was hacked to death Friday night in Salem, around 340 km from here, by unidentified men.
Ganesan said a three-member BJP team will separately visit Tamil Nadu this month to probe the attacks on party members. (IANS)
New Delhi, June 11 : BJP president Rajnath Singh Tuesday said that L. K. Advani, who had resigned from all leadership positions, has decided to accept the parliamentary board's request to stay in the core party bodies.
"Advanji has said that any decision of the party he will accept," Rajnath Singh said quoting Advani, who quit Monday.
Advani, who had resigned Monday from the parliamentary board, election committee and national executive, was not present at the brief press conference.
Mumbai, June 11 : Actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha, one of the best known Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders from Bihar, has reportedly thrown his weight behind BJP patriarch L. K. Advani, who relinquished all party posts after Narendra Modi was named the lead campaigner for the 2014 general elections.
It's an open war in the BJP's ranks with prominent party members sharply divided in their loyalty towards Advani and Gujarat Chief Minister Modi, respectively.
According to an informed source, Sinha has taken extreme umbrage to Modi being projected as the BJP's prime ministerial candidate.
New Delhi, June 11 : The BJP Tuesday said its leaders were in constant touch with L. K. Advani, who has quit all party posts, and were hopeful of resolving the crisis soon.
"All leaders are in touch with him and we are hopeful that the crisis will be resolved soon and the BJP will emerge stronger," BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar told reporters.
Javadekar said the Congress and some others were needlessly dragging the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) into the controversy.
Dear Shri Rajnath Singhji
All my life I have found working for the Jana Sangh and the Bharatiya Janata Party a matter of great pride and endless satisfaction for myself.
For sometime I have been finding it difficult to reconcile either with the current functioning of the party, or the direction in which it is going. I no longer have the feeling that this is the same idealistic party created by Dr (Shyama Prasad) Mookerji, Pandit Deen Dayalji
(Upadhyay), Nanaji (Deshmukh) and (Atal Bihari) Vajpayeeji whose sole concern was the country and its people.
New Delhi, June 10 : Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi Monday made a passionate appeal to L. K. Advani to reverse his decision to resign from party positions.
"Had a detailed conversation with Advaniji on phone. Urged him to change his decision. I hope he will not disappoint lakhs of (party workers)," Modi tweeted.
A day after the BJP appointed Modi to lead it in the next Lok Sabha election, Advani quit major party posts after accusing most of its leaders of pursuing "personal agendas".