80 percent of BJP wanted LK Advani as President: Shatrughan Sinha
In a scathing attack on the Narendra Modi government and its policies, sidelined BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha on Friday said 80 percent of the Bharatiya Janata Party members had wanted party senior L K Advani to be their candidate for the presidential election in July.
The actor-turned-politician, said that most members in the party were keen on the BJP veteran being fielded as the candidate of the ruling coalition in the presidential poll.
"Not only I wanted, let me tell you, more than 80 percent people in our own party, they wanted Advaniji," he said.
Describing Advani as "my friend, philosopher, guide, guru and ultimate leader, Sinha said that Advani was "clearly the most suitable, learned, respectable, experienced, desirable and deserving candidate for the most prestigious post."
He said others did not speak because they may not be as vocal or feared being denied a ticket in elections.
Sinha had campaigned hard for veteran leader LK Adavni to be nominated for President of India. He was also part of a group led by Advani that had in 2013, urged the BJP against picking then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as its presumptive Prime Minister.