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No regret for not becoming PM: LK

No regret for not becoming PM: LK
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Senior BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani on Friday said he had no regret for not becoming the Prime Minister as the respect he got from all parties was more than enough and \"overwhelmed\" him.

Patna: Senior BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani on Friday said he had no regret for not becoming the Prime Minister as the respect he got from all parties was more than enough and "overwhelmed" him.

"I have no regret for not becoming the Prime Minister of the country. The place I got in the Parliament and the respect I got from all political parties have been more than enough. The respect makes me feel overwhelmed. It is more than becoming a Prime Minister," Advani said.

Advani had been in the race for PM post till June 2013 when the then Gujarat CM Narendra Modi was anointed as PM candidate at BJP national executive meet in Goa.

Asked about the performance of Narendra Modi's government, the former Deputy Prime Minister pointed out that it has spent just a little time in the office hence assessing it would not be fair, but said it was doing good and there was nothing "objectionable" about its work so far.

"Whatever the Narendra Modi government is doing is good and nothing objectionable has been done by it so far. It will be assessed when more time passes, but indications are good," the BJP patriach, who is part of 'margdarshak mandal' (guiding group) along with Atal Behari Vajpayee and Murli Manohar Joshi, said.

"The way Congress committed scams one after the other in the country, it helped BJP ensure resounding success in the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections held this year. I say that if anybody has worked the most for us, it is the Congress," said Advani with an impish smile ..

Advani said Shiv Sena and JD(U) did not heed his suggestion and went ahead to break ties with BJP with the hope to gain but the poll outcome has proved them wrong.

"When Uddhav decided to go alone in the Maharashtra assembly polls, I personally called him and told him this will not be appropriate as Sena was among the founder members of NDA. I requested him to reconsider his decision and stay with us, but he did not accept," Advani said.

The 87-year-old veteran pointed out that even in the case of senior JD (U) leader and former Chief Minister Nitish Kumar severing ties with NDA, similar thing happened.

"When Nitish invited Modi for dinner during BJP national executive in Patna in 2010 and then cancelled the invitation, I told him that he was among the founder members of the NDA, and should not do this, but he did not oblige," Advani said. The BJP leader, who is a former Deputy Prime Minister said he had personally invited Kumar to come to BJP national executive in Mumbai in 1998 and he was among the persons who started the NDA.

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