New Delhi: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat played peacemaker on Tuesday and averted the Bharatiya Janata Part's crisis by convincing LK Advani to come back into the party fold. Advani withdrew his resignation and has now returned to all party posts.
The announcement was made by BJP President Rajnath Singh at a press meet on Tuesday evening. Flanked by several senior leaders including Uma Bharti and Sushma Swaraj, Rajnath told the press that Advani has decided to abide by the party's decision.
So what changed between Monday afternoon and Tuesday evening? What is it that Advani has gained by first resigning from all positions and then withdrawing his resignations? All these questions weren't being answered by anyone within the BJP.
Sources now telling CNN-IBN that as part of this compromise, Advani will be taken on board in the selection of BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate. Rajnath Singh has also said that he will personally look into all concerns raised by LK Advani over the functioniung of the party.
Rajnath was struggling to come to terms with the impact of LK Advani's resignation. On Tuesday, after a string of meetings, Rajnath was trying to give the sense that it was back to normalcy for the BJP. Almost immediately, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi tweeted in support of Advani, "I had said yesterday that Advani ji will not disappoint lakhs of Karyakartas. Today, I whole heartedly welcome his decision!"
The first signs of a possible compromise between Advani and BJP came when Nitin Gadkari landed in Delhi. Always considered to be the RSS voice, Gadkari came and held deliberations with all senior leaders.
The RSS was constantly kept in the loop. After all BJP President Rajnath Singh himself had asked RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat to intervene. A late afternoon phone call from Bhagwat to Advani, assurances by the BJP President to look into what Advani was asking for, ultimately swung Advani's mind. But what was non negotiable was the decision on Modi's elevation.
Many questions haven't been answered yet. But what's quite clear is that the BJP's credibility has taken a huge hit with the political drama that has unfolded.