Even as Nitish Kumar opposed Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's candidature for Prime Ministership, BJP leader L K Advani surprised his party by saying that a non-Congress, non-BJP Prime Minister is possible after the 2014 elections.
"A non-Congress, non-BJP Prime Minister heading a government supported by one of these two principal parties is, however, feasible. This has happened in the past also," he said in his latest blog posting.
However, he cautioned that such a dispensation may not last long. Advani's remarks assume significance in the context of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's reservations over BJP projecting Modi as the Prime Ministerial candidate in the next general elections.
Of late, there has been speculation that Advani and Modi do not share the same relationship they used to have years ago. Advani had in an earlier blog also written about not-so- rosy a picture about the state of affairs in BJP.
Advani cited the examples of Charan Singh, Chandrashekhar, H D Deve Gowda and I K Gujral - all supported by Congress - as well as V P Singh (supported by BJP) who held the post of the Prime Minister.
But, he warned that such governments have never lasted long. "There has been stability at the Centre only when the government has had either a Congress or a BJP Prime Minister," the BJP leader said.
LK Advani's close aide Sudheendra Kulkarni has written an article dubbing the Gujarat CM as an "autocrat" who cares "two hoots" for the party.
External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid left for Baghdad on a two-day visit in a concerted effort by India to engage with Iraq at the highest level and deepen ties with the oil-rich country.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday won the trust vote in the Assembly, proving his majority after dumping long-time ally the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav ashed out at Opposition parties for terming his ambitious laptop distribution scheme as an eyewash.
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and the Planning Commission were on Tuesday at loggerheads at the annual plan meeting with Modi accusing the Centre of adopting 'big brother' attitude disregarding the federal structure.
TRS President K Chandrasekhar Rao asserted that his party would only accept formation of separate Telangana as a solution to the long-pending statehood issue in Andhra Pradesh.
Ahead of the trust vote Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has sught in the assembly Wednesday, friend-turned-foe BJP has said it is prepared to sit in the opposition.