FIRING a fresh salvo, former Indian external affairs and defence minister Jaswant Singh has said senior BJP leader LK Advani was at the centre of the cash-for-votes scam drama enacted in the Lok Sabha last year, reports The Times of India. Advani was consumed by the ambition to become PM and that made him commit so many mistakes. I have a great sense of pity for him, Jaswant Singh told a news magazine. Later in the interview he said, Advani is not fit to serve the interests of the country. Do you know this whole wretched thing of money for votes is a classic example of wrong decision making and its extremely troubling that he did not stand up and say no. Advaniji was at the centre of this whole drama, he told the magazine. Singh was referring to the episode in the Lok Sabha during the trust vote in July last year when three BJP MPs displayed bundles of currency notes totalling Rs10 million claiming they were being offered as bribe to support the government. Jaswant said the facts were clear and he stumbled on to the whole thing when a very strange looking fellow was brought to his house by Sudheendra Kulkarni, a former aide of Advani. I was not consulted but I was appalled that Advaniji was giving the MPs the go-ahead to display money in the Parliament, he said, adding that Advani had two choices - either to take the money to the Speaker or into the House. But he told the MPs to display the money in the Parliament. Jaswant said it was a matter of great sadness that Advani had singularly failed in his function as a leader to lead. A leader will have to lead by example and not through diktats, vague and unspecified insinuations and fears. Citing the example of the army where leaders take responsibility, he said there were numerous examples when Advani would either keep quite or transfer responsibility to somebody else on occasions that troubled him and where he is likely to come under fire. That is not the trait of a leader. Jaswant Singh said he was deeply disturbed by the manner in which Advani misused the party to promote his autobiography. Jaswant said, Advani is using the party to which he belongs for the various language editions launches of his autobiography. It is a sickening demonstration of sycophancy and a misuse of the party. On Arun Shouries description of Rajnath Singh as a Humpty Dumpty, Jaswant said the BJP President was a provincial leader who should never have been pushed up. On BJP, he said, This is no longer a political party. It is a cult or a sect. It has been reduced to the proprietary partnership of a few. This has come about under the leadership of Advani. To explain superficially, the 116 BJP MPs today are like lost waifs. The former external affairs and defence minister said he did not support the decisions like banning of overflights to Pakistan and deployment of troops during 'Operation Parakram when he was away on some visit. He said he was also greatly distressed when the BSF was sent into Bangladesh and a wounding photograph of the body of a BSF soldier being carried slung on a bamboo appeared in the media.