A day after former BJP chief and one of the founding member of the party Murali Manohar Joshi paid a visit to veteran L K Advani at his residence and had reportedly discussion on prevailing political scenario within the party, BJP president Amit Shah is expected to meet party’s senior leaders Advani and Joshi, who were said to be insulted’ by the present leadership of the party, unilaterally denying denomination for them in the Lok Sabha polls.
More than denying renomination, these two leaders are said to be discounted the way in which they are being treated by both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah. Amit Shah is beleieved to be planning to meet both the leaders later today as damage-control mission, particularly after opposition leaders, including Congress chief Rahul Gandhi attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah for sidelining their ‘gurus’.
Advani, 91, one of longest-serving president of the ruling BJP has been elected from the Gandhinagar parliamentary constituency seat six times since 1991. But this time, he was reportedly told by the party that Amit Shah would contest from Gandhinagar LS seat.
Meanwhile, Joshi was also denied ticket from Kanpur after which he had issued a statement saying BJP general secretary (organisation) Ram Lal, a RSS appointee, had conveyed him the party leadership’s decision that he should not be contesting the polls.
The recent blog posting of Advani, almost after five years gap on the eve of BJP’s foundation day has embrassed both Modi and Shah. He asserted that his party has never regarded those who disagreed with it politically as “anti-nationals” or “enemies”. Sources said that Joshi drove down to Advani’s residence and held deliberations with him.