New Delhi, June 27: Congress today hit back at L K Advani for describing it as a 'fiefdom' of a single family, saying his views reflect “his frustration from unfulfilled desires”.
The ruling party also asked the BJP veteran to introspect why the his party “has conceded Opposition's space to civil society”.
“Advani is nowdays blogging with frequency. His writings reflect his frustration and disappointment borne out of unfulfilled desires. The seriousness, which is expected from a senior politician, is not visible there,” party spokesperson Manish Tewari told reporters here.
He also questioned why the “Opposition space is being conceded by BJP to pretenders and non-governmental types”, adding that Advani should pay attention to these facts.
“If the BJP leader could throw some light on this aspect, he will be able to do some good for his party as well as the democracy,” Tewari said.
Tewari was reacting to Advani's comments in his blog in which the BJP leader yesterday said, “Sadly, the Congress today has become the fiefdom of a single family. The office of Prime Minister is reserved either for the nominee or a member of the Nehru family. India is paying a heavy price because of a Prime Minister nominated by the Congress president.” Noting that there was an increasing demand from within the Congress that scion of the Nehru family become the Prime Minister, Advani said the Prime Ministership of a great democracy like India should not be allowed to become the “jagirdari” of a family.
Tewari, however, dismissed the contention saying that Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi were chosen by Congress as Prime Ministers as people voted for them and Sonia Gandhi is also the President of the party for that very reason. PTI