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Now, Joshi questions Advani's choice as PM candidate
September 13, 2007 00:13 IST
After Yashwant Sinha, another senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi on Wednesday raised questions about L K Advani being the automatic choice for the post of prime minister if the party is voted back to power at the Centre.
"Nobody says in the party that he is the leader. It's the party, which accepts an individual as a leader. Nobody says I am the leader.The party decides who the leader is by taking into consideration ground realities. The fact that I was once the party president does not mean that I am in the line of leadership," senior leader Murli Manohar Joshi told a channel.
Joshi, a former BJP president, was asked whether Advani's leadership was a settled question and it is not as if Advani can say he is the leader, according to the interview.
To a question if it would be acceptable to Joshi if Advani says he is the real leader and if that question was still open, the former Union HRD Minister said, "The leadership in the BJP is collective. Even in the time of Atal Behari Vajpayee there was collective leadership."
Asked what was the future of young leaders in BJP, Joshi said, "There is a great future for young leaders. We have a young party president; all the general secretaries are young and most of our state party presidents are young."
"There is enough talent in our party and when Advani made a remark on Jinnah, the young leadership of the party said, "No, this is incorrect."