Advani's aide Sudheendra Kulkarni calls Modi an 'autocrat'
New Delhi: In a clear indication that the tussle between senior leader L K Advani and Narendra Modi is far from over, the patriarch's close aide Sudheendra Kulkarni has written an article dubbing the Gujarat chief minister as an "autocrat" who cares "two hoots" for the party.
In an article, Kulkarni - who is one of the advisers to Advani and is virtually his alter ego, has also called BJP President Rajnath Singh "foxy". He has said the BJP chief has "astrologically-induced delusions" of becoming the PM.
Kulkarni firmly maintains in his article that despite his age, Advani, 85, has still a lot to contribute to the party and the country. He has justified Advani's opposition to Modi and said the senior leader did not go back on the criticism he had made of the BJP in his resignation letter.
"An autocrat (Modi) is sought to be enthroned, and a perfect democrat (Advani) is being marginalized and humiliated... "...A self-centered leader who has shown that he cares two hoots for the party organization and long-time party colleagues in his own state has suddenly become all powerful in the BJP's national scheme of things, whereas a selfless leader who toiled for many decades to build the party brick by brick is being cast aside as a useless relic," Kulkarni said.
The stage is set for a fresh round of argument on the highly publicised Lokpal bill in Parliament. The Samajwadi Party has made it clear that it would oppose the Bill in the Rajya Sabha.
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