Posted On Monday, August 06, 2012 at 10:00:27 AM
BJP leader L K Advani created quite a stir in the political circles on Sunday when he said that a non- Congress, non-BJP Prime Minister supported by any of these two parties is “feasible” in the next general elections. However, he cautioned that such governments have never lasted long.
In his latest blog posting, Advani said, “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.”
Advani cited the examples of Charan Singh, Chandrashekhar, Deve Gowda and I K Gujral – all supported by Congress – as well as V P Singh (supported by BJP). The veteran BJP leader said that the Centre has been stable only when the Government had either a Congress or BJP Prime Minister.
Advani claimed that the national polity of the last 25 years has made it “practically impossible” for any Central government to be formed without the support of either the Congress or the BJP.
On this basis, he ruled out a Third Front government in 2014. Advani quoted a recent interaction with two cabinet ministers who expressed the apprehension that neither the Congress nor the BJP-led coalitions may get a clear majority in the 16th Lok Sabha election. The BJP on Sunday said there is no rift among NDA partners on the issue of prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 general elections.
“Before the elections, BJP and NDA will decide under whose leadership we will fight the polls,” BJP’s national vice-president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said. Bihar chief minister and JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar had earlier expressed his displeasure over the candidature of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for the country’s top post.