New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party is split between LK Advani and Narendra Modi. A day after the National Executive sent out a clear message with the elevation of Narendra Modi, LK Advani quit all posts in the party on Monday. But BJP President Rajnath Singh rejected Advani's resignation and efforts are on since Monday to try and pacify Advani to reconsider his resignation.
"The Parliamentary board has adopted a resolution that Advani's resignation won't be accepted, he will continue to be our guide," BJP President Rajnath Singh said. From hailing Narendra Modi as the new hope to now looking for a face saver, the wheel has turned a full circle for Rajnath Singh and the party he presides over.
As the BJP struggled all through Monday to come to terms LK Advani's shocking resignation from all party positions, it seemed to be running out of options. "I have met him, I am hoping he will reconsider, after all he is our father figure," BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said.
The BJP Parliamentary board is clear that there is no question of reversing Modi's anointment as the campaign panel chief. But despite several rounds of meetings with senior BJP leaders, Advani has so far refused to budge.
On Tuesday, the RSS is expected to send its emissaries to persuade Advani. But with no commitment from his own party on either a separate election management panel or a curtailed role for Modi, Advani may well be fighting the last tough battle of his political career.
The question now is whether Narendra Modi's elevation in the party has humiliated Advani. Is his resignation being seen as a fight for his own PM ambitions or is it the his last attempt to preserve the ideology of the party?
Senior journalist Swapan Dasgupta said, "Mr Advani anticipating the appointment of a new captain decided to not attend the National Executive, which is very graceless. This is petulance."
However, senior journalist Kumar Ketkar said Advani is taking a political fight upfront. "He knows that unless he fights back, the humiliation on him stays, that he was totally sidelined on the decision making even though he has been talking on every issue for the past four months. He has realised he is in minority and he is taking a political fight upfront," Ketkar said.