The Great Debate (India)

Is this the end of the road for Advani?


Bharatiya Janata Party leader Lal Krishna Advani’s prime ministerial ambitions were crushed when the ruling Congress-led coalition defied predictions to sweep the 2009 general election.

LAL KRISHNA ADVANIPrime Minister Manmohan Singh’s coalition was only about 11 seats short of an outright majority from the 543 seats at stake, according to election commission data.

The Times of India described Advani as the “Ivan Lendl of Indian politics”, comparing his inability to grab the top job to the tennis player’s failure to win a career Wimbledon title.

Variously described as a hardliner, a hawk and a wily politician, the 81-year-old Advani is a leading advocate of his party’s trademark Hindu revivalism. But critics said his age may not have played well with young voters.