No vacancy for PM's post; unlikely in future too: Congress

United News of India

New Delhi, September 21, 2011

The Congress today sought to take a dig at senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L K Advani's withdrawal from the race for the Prime Minister's post, saying there is no vacancy for the position.

Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi told reporters here he would not like to comment on internal matters of the BJP.

"I don't want to go into the internal matters of the BJP. As far as the Congress is concerned, there is no vacancy for the PM's post. In the future, too, there is unlikely to be a vacancy," he said.

Commenting on the differences within the BJP over the candidature for the PM's post, Mr Singhvi said, "I can count five aggressive candidates of PM-in-waiting. The BJP must clarify who their PM candidate is for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections."

Clearing the air over speculation around his Prime Ministerial ambition, Mr Advani today said he was more than satisfied to be a part of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and his party.

Though the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) chairperson avoided a direct reply to the question about him making a bid for the PM's post in case the combination came to power, he said, "As an RSS worker, as a BJP worker I have achieved more than I could have achieved as a Prime Minister. I am just happy being a part of the party. What the country has given me is much more than that I would have got as a PM."

Mr Advani's comment came after he met RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat in Nagpur.