'It's beginning of the end'

The Congress said here on Monday that L K Advani’s resignation from three posts of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was a “repercussion” of the “complete degeneration” in the opposition outfit.

Holding that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was made the campaign committee chief of the BJP in a very “unusual” manner, Congress general secretary Janardan Dwivedi said: “This is the beginning of the complete degeneration of the BJP. It will have its own repercussions.”

On the fallout of Advani’s resignation, Dwivedi said: “We have nothing to say on this. This is between the BJP, and the persons concerned have to think and decide. We had already said that this (Modi’s elevation) will have many repercussions.”

Terming Modi’s elevation “not a big event” for the Congress, Dwivedi dismissed suggestions that it would lead to any change of the party’s strategy for the Lok Sabha elections. “The Congress has been following a certain path, and will continue to do so,” Dwivedi said.

The Congress also sought to drive a wedge in the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance with Dwivedi saying that it was for the constituents to decide their course of action after Modi’s elevation.

Another Congress leader, Digvijay Singh, said the BJP’s “destruction has begun.” He pointed out that Advani was the man who took the BJP’s Lok Sabha tally from two in 1984 to 182 later.

“If this person has demanded some more time and asked the party to wait for a while, or demanded setting up of two committees, including one headed by former BJP president Nitin Gadkari, what was the problem in waiting for a while? What was the hurry? After all they were not going to miss a plane,” Singh  said.

Janardan Dwivedi : We have nothing to say on this. This is between the BJP, and the persons concerned have to think and decide. We had already said that this will have many repercussions.

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