'Claims about leadership exposes BJP's impatience, exasperation': Manish Tewari
New Delhi, Feb. 5 : Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari on Tuesday reiterated that Delhi is a very distant dream for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and said making completely wild claims about leadership and various other issues when elections are still 13 months away only exposes the impatience and the exasperation if not the relentless ambition for power in their ranks.
Tewari said 'BJP President Rajnath Singh's homilies cannot cure the chronic delusionitis, which his esteemed colleagues suffer from'.
"Living in a fantasyland can be very addictive and the BJP has not learnt either from 2004 or 2009 and it would be worth a while to realise that Delhi is very distant. And making these completely wild claims about leadership and various other issues when elections are still 13 months away only exposes the impatience and the exasperation if not the relentless ambition for power in their ranks," he added.
The BJP President yesterday asked his partymen not to comment or speculate on the 2014 prime ministerial candidate.
"I appeal to all leaders of the BJP not to speculate on the prime ministerial candidate. This is a tradition of the BJP not to comment or project anyone as the chief ministerial or the prime ministerial candidate. Who to field as the candidate, what to do and other decisions are made by the Central Parliamentary Board, so if any such question is posed to any member, then they should make it clear that the Central Parliamentary Board will take a decision," said Singh.
"The appeal I am making to the party members is because if party members make comments, we face problems. After today, I will not make an appeal again. This is what I would like to tell my party members," he added.
Speculations has been rife that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who secured an electoral hat-trick in Gujarat in December last year, can spearhead the BJP's campaign in 2014 polls.
Senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha and noted criminal lawyer Ram Jethmalani have last month openly endorsed Modi's name as prime ministerial candidate. The other BJP leaders have been so far evasive on this issue.
NDA allies like the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) have indicated that Modi's name is not acceptable to them.
The Shiv Sena had earlier said that Sushma Swaraj is its first choice for the prime ministerial candidate in 2014.