BJP veteran and former deputy prime minister LK Advani, who was dropped from the BJP list of candidates for the Lok Sabha elections, is said to be extremely upset about the way the exercise was conducted. Sources close to him indicates that he was not upset for denying seat to him, but he was shocked over the attitude of the party’s present leadership in this regard.
“Not getting to be in Lok Sabha is not the issue, but the manner in which the denial was done was disrespectful… No big leader contacted him,” said a source close to the BJP veteran, who had been representing Gandhinagar for six consecutive terms.
Advani, who was the Deputy Prime Minister in the government led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee, was among the 10-odd leaders above the age of 75, whom the party dropped this time. Days before the announcement of list, the BJP national general secretary Ram Lal had contacted the leaders and asked them to announce their retirement from electoral politics.
Advani, 91, however, refused to comply, pointing out that some senior leader of the BJP should have had the courtesy to contact them. Sources said that till now no leader of the party showed curtesy of informing him with regard to seat allocations.
The other leaders who have been asked to voluntarily retire from electoral politics include Shanta Kumar, Hukumdeo Yadav, Kalraj Mishra, Bhagat Singh Koshiyari, BC Khanduri and Karia Munda
Only Shanta Kumar, a lawmaker from Himachal Pradesh and Kalraj Mishra, lawmaker from Deoria, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana BJP in-charge, have agreed to publicly declare they would voluntarily withdraw. The rest have been dropped from the list.