'Liar' Modi trying to mislead nation: Rajeev Shukla

New Delhi, June 10 (ANI): Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajeev Shukla on Monday lashed out at Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for trying to mislead the people by telling lies that he had received blessings from sulking party veteran Lal Krishna Advani, and alleged that the infighting within the saffron brigade is a clear indication that it cannot provide a stable leadership and good governance to the nation.

Shukla said Modi's strength is that he can tell lies very confidently, and added that the latter is not reluctant in telling lies openly.

"It has been confirmed today when Advani has put in his papers from all the posts. He had tweeted that Mr. Advani had given him blessings. What blessings he had given to you? I mean you were trying to mislead the people of this country, mislead the BJP workers. What are you doing? I mean your day has started after assuming the charge of the chairman of the poll campaign committee with lies. It's a very serious matter," said Shukla.

" You are claiming to be on the top slot of the country and here you are telling lies from day one. What kind of leadership you can provide to the country? I think the way the infighting is going on within the BJP. Their oldest and tallest leader, the way he is sulking and he has quit, I don't think the BJP can lead this nation, they can provide any stable leadership to the country and they cannot give good governance to the nation," he added.

Minutes after he was anointed the BJP's 2014 poll campaign chairman, Modi yesterday tweeted that he spoke to Advani on the phone and sought his blessings.

"Spoke to Advani ji on the phone. He gave me his blessings. Honoured and extremely grateful to receive his blessings," he said on micro-blogging site Twitter.

Advani today resigned from party's Parliamentary Board, Election Committee and National Executive.

In his resignation letter submitted to BJP President Rajnath Singh, Advani said he has been finding it difficult to reconcile with the functioning of the party and the direction in which it is going.

Advani, who was not happy with Modi's appointment as the chairman of campaign committee for 2014 general elections, said that most BJP leaders are concerned just with their personal agenda. He said, no longer he has the feeling that this is the same party, which was created by Shyama Prasad Mookerjee, Deendayal Upadhyay and Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Earlier in the day, the BJP President had an hour-long meeting with Advani at his residence here.

The BJP President has, however, refused to accept Advani's resignation.

Meanwhile, the BJP today said that senior party leaders are reaching out to Advani to reconsider his decision. (ANI)