'Politics is not a post for retired people to enjoy.'
IMAGE: Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi greets Lal Kishenchand Advani on his 91st birthday, November 8, 2018.
Advaniji was denied a ticket to contest the 2019 Lok Sabha election from Gandhinagar, which he has represented since 1998. Photograph: @narendramodi/Twitter
O Rajagopal, the senior-most Bharatiya Janata Party leader in Kerala, the first and only BJP MLA in the Kerala, will be 90 this year.
Though age has not caught up with him, he believes there should be a retirement age for politicians.
He says he is looking forward to 2021 when he will retire from political life.
"It is essential for old people to give way to the new generation," Rajagopal --- who served as a minister of state in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government -- tells Shobha Warrier/Rediff.com at his home in Thiruvananthapuram.
IMAGE: O Rajagopal, the senior-most BJP leader in Kerala. Photograph: Shobha Warrier/Rediff.com
IMAGE: Narendra Damodardas Modi with senior BJP leader Dr Murli Manohar Joshi, who was denied a BJP ticket to contest the Lok Sabha election from Kanpur which he represents in the current Lok Sabha. Photograph: http://www.narendramodi.in/
IMAGE: Narendra Damodardas Modi with Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, who opted out of the 2019 Lok Sabha election after the delay in granting her a BJP ticket to contest the Indore Lok Sabha seat, which she has represented since 1989.
IMAGE: Kalraj Mishra, who also lost his ministership after he turned 75, with Narendra Damodardas Modi. Photograph: PTI Photo