New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party leaders are still maintaining that party patriarch LK Advani is not upset. Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj met Advani on Saturday, a day after Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was anointed as party's PM candidate, and said, "No one is upset."
It seems efforts are still on to bring LK Advani on board. Sushma Swaraj along with Ananth Kumar met Advani on Saturday. This after Advani skipped the Parliamentary board meeting in protest and wrote a letter to BJP President Rajnath Singh, expressing pain at the way he is running the party.
In fact, after being anointed, Modi too went to meet Advani on Friday immediatley after the announcement and thanked the patriarch. "The guidance and hard work of Advani and Vajpayee, and the work and wishes of the BJP cadre will make the party successful in the upcoming elections," Modi said on Friday.
Advani not only skipped the party's Parliamentary Board meet on Friday but also expressed his disappointment over party President Rajnath Singh's style of functioning.
In a letter written to Rajnath, he said, "I had expressed my pain to you and I am disappointed with the way you are running the party." "I have told you, I will think about coming to BJP Parliamentary Board meet to tell all the members what I feel now. I have decided that it will be better I don't come," he wrote
Advani had been against the anointment of Modi as PM candidate. Adamant over his decision, Advani had suggested that any decision on Modi's anointment should be taken after Assembly elections later in November 2013. He had said that announcement of BJP's PM candidate before Assembly elections of Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi would affect the party's performance in the polls.
He had been very vocal against Modi's anointment as PM candidate after the Gujarat Chief Minister was made BJP's campaign committee chief in June, 2013 at the Goa meet.
Earlier, after Modi's anointment as campaign committee chief Advani resigned from all posts he held in the BJP. However, he later took his decision back after BJP President Rajnath Singh and other senior leaders succeeded in placating him.