Advani says he is not in race for PM's post

Indicating that he may not be in the race for becoming the party's Prime Ministerial candidate in the next elections, senior BJP leader L K Advani on wednesday said the Sangh Parivar, his party and fellow workers had given him ‘much more’ than what the top post holds.

"I would only say that I first became a Swayamsewak (of the RSS), then a member of the Jan Sangh and then the BJP. I feel that what I have got from these organisations, from my fellow workers and what the country has given me is much more than the Prime Minister's post," he said. He was replying to a question from reporters after meeting RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat

There had been reports that the RSS is unhappy with Advani's plans of starting a yatra against corruption. This was being interpreted as the senior leader's attempt to throw in his hat for becoming the Prime Ministerial candidate of the BJP in the next general elections.

Asked if this was the motive behind his yatra, Advani said, "I am afraid these are not related."

Advani claimed he had come to Nagpur to seek Bhagwat's blessings for the yatra.

"I met the RSS Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat and asked for his blessings. He gave me his full support and blessings and wished him all the best for the yatra," Advani said.

He also met BJP President Nitin Gadkari and enquired about his health. Gadkari had undergone a bariatric operation on September 12 and is recuperating.

"The BJP President will come to Delhi on September 24. I have asked him to make the announcement about the yatra. By then, the plan details will also be chalked out," Advani said.

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