At the same time, he had a word of caution. “We lost 2004 elections because we had become over confident. This Lok Sabha elections, we have to ensure that we do not become over confident and fight the elections with only with confidence,” the former Deputy Prime Minister said. He praised Modi for his track record in governance in Gujarat as well as the crowds his rallies attract.
Advani said he had taken a ride by a water launch along with Modi when the linking (of rivers) was done and the entire experience was such as if one was taking a ride in Paris or some other European city where river flows through the middle of the city. His praise for Modi assumes significance as he had initially strongly opposed Modi’s anointment as PM candidate. He said that Muslims had seen how for many years, they have been used for vote-bank politics. “As far as our party is concerned, we believe in integral humanism. We do not discriminate between humans on the basis of caste, creed, religion, language. “We say that when it comes to the question of governance, development and removing poverty — majority and minority become irrelevant... those people discriminate between majority and minority who are interested in the votes. We want everybody’s benefit,” Advani added.