In a boost to party leader Sushma Swaraj, senior party leader L. K. Advani Sunday compared her oratorical skills with that of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
In his concluding remarks at the BJP national council meeting, Advani lauded the speeches of Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh Chief Ministers Narendra Modi and Shivraj Singh Chouhan but lavishly praised the speech delivered by Sushma Swaraj, the leader of opposition in Lok Sabha.
Modi, who is seen by many in the party as a possible prime ministerial candidate, had spoken in the morning session after Chouhan. Sushma Swaraj spoke towards the afternoon.
Quipping that he got a complex about his ability to speak after listening to Vajpayee, Advani said Sushma Swaraj created the "same complex" in him.
"I tell her that you create this complex in me," he said.
Also commending the content, he said he felt there was no need for him to speak as she had summed up the deliberations very succinctly and effectively.
"She has analysed why we lost in some states, where there was a hat-trick, where there is likely to be hat-trick and where we could not win," Advani said.
Sushma Swaraj is also seen as a contender in the party as a possible prime ministerial candidate. She has been backed by BJP ally Shiv Sena for the role.
There has been demand from sections of the party for projecting Modi as prime ministerial candidate.
Modi hogged the limelight at the two-day meet as workers cheered loudly every time his name was taken. He was given a standing ovation for his hat-trick victory in Gujarat and his speech was also received with loud cheers.
Sushma Swaraj in her speech hailed Modi's victory and said similar hat-trick was expected in Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh which will go to the polls later this year.