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Sep 15, 2013 at 10:18pm IST

Delhi: Modi, Advani attend Ram Jethmalani's 90th birthday celebrations

New Delhi: Gujarat Chief Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and senior party leader LK Advani attended sacked BJP leader and eminent lawyer Ram Jethmalani's 90th birthday celebrations on Sunday.

The celebration took place at Jethmalani's Delhi residence and he was seen sitting between Advani and Modi. It can be seen as an effort to placate the sulking leader as Advani opposed the BJP's decision on Modi's candidature and even skipped the party's Parliamentary Board meeting on Friday.

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This is the first meeting of Modi and Advani after the former became the BJP prime ministerial candidate. Jethmalani has welcomed Modi's candidature and openly criticised Advani for opposing it. "Advani should have more realistic view over his hold over the people. He cannot win votes," Jethmalani said.

Backing Modi's candidature, he said, "I believe Narendra Modi is the best option. He is an avatar."

Even when the BJP has supported Modi's candidature and its allies endorsed the decision, the party patriarch remained defaint. Many senior party leaders met Advani in order to convince but it yielded no result. Party President Rajanth Singh also held a series of meeting with him in order to garner support for Modi's candidature.

On the other hand, Advani had conveyed to Rajnath and Sushma Swaraj that if the party goes ahead with the decision, then he will lose interest in the working of the party.

What turned out to be an embarrassment for the party was the letter written by Advani to Rajanth and was made public minutes after Modi was anointed. He wrote, "I had expressed my pain to you and I am disappointed at the way you are running the party."