I’m opposed to Narendra Modi’s elevation, Advani tells RSS chief

4:15 PM, Thursday, June 20th, 2013

LK Advani ,Mohan Bhagwat

New Delhi : Senior BJP leader LK Advani on Thursday told Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief that he is opposed to elevation of Narendra Modi as Election Campaign Committee head.

The veteran leader has reportedly emphasised the need for collective leadership in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) for the 2014 elections.

The meeting between Advani and Bhagwat, which lasted 75 minutes, was the first after the former had quit all party posts on June 10, upset over the elevation of Modi at the Goa Conclave of the BJP.

Advani had, however, cited the manner in which BJP was functioning as the reason for his decision. He had said he finds it difficult to reconcile with this and said most leaders of the party are now concerned just with their personal agenda.

He had withdrawn his resignation on June 11 after Bhagwat talked to him over phone and convinced him that all the concerns raised by him would be looked into by the party.

Sources said all these issues were discussed between Advani and Bhagwat. Advani is also reportedly opposed to RSS joint general secretary Suresh Soni and BJP General Secretary (Organisation) Ram Lal, who is the Sangh’s points man in the party, and wants their removal.

It is, however, not clear to what extent Advani’s grievances will be redressed.

Advani was scheduled to meet Bhagwat on Wednesday but the meeting was called off after the party leader reported ‘unwell’.

The senior BJP leader has reasoned that Modi’s new appointment will scare away allies and weaken the NDA coalition. After JD-U walked out of the NDA over Modi’s elevation, Advani’s contention has got further strengthened.

Ironically, Advani has taken his grievances related to party affairs to the RSS though he has always been known to be against the micro-management of the BJP by the Sangh founthead.


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