Advani keeps up the suspense

New Delhi: Senior leader L K Advani today kept alive the suspense over his intentions of becoming BJP`s Prime Ministerial candidate in the next elections, saying a decision will be taken by the party when the time comes.

"Who will become the Prime Minister will be decided by the party when the elections come. This decision is not being taken now. There are three years to go for the election. It is another matter that this government is working in a manner that it appears it may fall anytime," Advani told reporters in reply to a question.

The senior leader was interacting with the media a day before he begins his Jan Chetna Yatra from Sitabdiara in Bihar for clean politics and good governance and against corruption. "People feel whether they have to bear this government for three more years… The fact is that the decision as to who will be the leader will taken by the party. We do not have dearth of leaders," Advani said. Though Advani has not said he is in the race for Prime Ministership, by not ruling out that his yatra could be aimed at keeping him in the fray, he has kept the issue alive.

His statement in Nagpur recently- soon after meeting RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat- had been an indication that he is not in the race as he said what the "RSS, Jan Sangh, BJP, fellow party workers and the country had given him was much more than the Prime Minister`s post". Advani`s decision to undertake this yatra has reportedly antagonised some of his senior party colleagues who were eyeing the PM candidate post. Most prominent among them is Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

Advani plans to focus on issues of Black money, Lokpal, judicial accountability and electoral reforms during the yatra. .