New Delhi: Veteran Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L K Advani on Saturday said the mood of the people is against the Congress party and they are simultaneously disillusioned with his party.
He faulted BJP’s handling of Karnataka affairs in the wake of corruption allegations against then chief minister Y.S. Yeddyurappa in 2010, in a veiled criticism of Nitin Gadkari who was the party president at that time.
“In the last few years, I have been feeling distressed to find that while the current mood of the people is against the present ruling party, they are simultaneously somewhat disillusioned with even the BJP,” Advani told The Week in an interview.
Underlining that the BJP is “expected to have zero tolerance towards corruption”, the former deputy prime minister said, “The manner in which we actually wrangled in Karnataka disappointed me.”
He did not elaborate but was clearly referring to the dilly-dallying by the party high command on removing Yeddyurappa after the corruption allegations against him cropped up.
Yeddyurappa, whose government was the first by the BJP in any southern state, was finally forced to quit as chief minister months after the allegations against him surfaced.