Critical of Modi, Aamir Raza prefers Advani or Sushma as BJP's PM candidate

New Delhi, July 17 (ANI): Former Delhi BJP vice-president Aamir Raza Husain on Wednesday said that he would prefer party veteran Lal Krishna Advani or Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj, as the BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate in comparison to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who makes despicable and divisive comments.

"I thought that Modi's remarks were in terrible taste. He should not have made them and a man who consistently speaks such a language should not be considered by a national party (BJP) as their Prime Ministerial candidate when that national party has people like Sushma (Swaraj), Advani," he said.

Husain said all political parties are the same and admitted that no leader likes to be challenged or debated upon by someone within the party.

Husain, a well-known theatre personality, tendered his resignation on Tuesday, a day after he had commented adversely about Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on national television.

"All political parties are same. No leader likes to be challenged or debated upon by someone in the party. You can't do anything to a very senior leader. There is no democratic environment in any party," Hussain said.

"There was no pressure for me to resign. If I can say anything about Narendra Modi on a news channel, then why will I hesitate to tell you if I was pressurized?" he added, when asked if he was forced to resign

The Padma Shri awardee, who was appointed to the post just two months ago, had told a news channel on Monday that "Modi's statements (on puppy and burqa) were despicable, divisive and can never draw support from Muslims."

Modi had earlier come under sharp criticism from the ruling Congress over his interview to Reuters news agency in which he said that he had done 'absolutely right thing' in 2002 when the state was hit by riots and that an SIT set up by the Supreme Court had given him a 'thoroughly clean chit'.

"Another thing... someone else is driving a car and we're sitting behind, even then if a puppy comes under the wheel, will be painful or not? Of course, it is. If I'm a chief minister or not, I'm a human being. If something bad happens anywhere, it is natural to be sad," Modi had said, while defending himself. (ANI)

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