The unexpected announcement by senior BJP leader L K Advani sent across shock waves across the political faternity, especially the NDA today. Advani's announcement came just a day after BJP president Rajnath Singh named Gujarat Narendra Modi as the BJP poll panel chief for the 2014 elections.
This announcement is said to have upset Advani which has led to his resignation. "Finding it difficult to reconcile with either the functioning of the party or the direction in which it is going," L K Advani wrotein a letter to Rajnath Singh. Reactions from all quarter ensued right after Advani's decision went public.
Here is a list of who said what:
I have not accepted Shri Advaniji's resignation: BJP President Rajnath Singh's tweet.
We do not have anything to say on this. It is for the BJP to think. It is for the concerned persons to think. We had already said that it (Modi's elevation) will have its repercussions: Congress general secretary Janardan Dwivedi
It is an internal matter of BJP: Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa
The party with a difference is indeed a party with differences as is evident from Advani's resignation. The fate of NDA is sealed as BJP suffers NaMonia. The UPA
will bounce back to power in 2014 Lok Sabha elections: Maharashtra NCP spokesperson Mahesh Tapase
I am shocked and sad. Advaniji said he was ill. And now, when the party was about to surge forward after yesterday's decision, he should not have resigned. He should have backed the party. This is really unfortunate: North Goa MP Shripad Naik
It is sad... not good for NDA's health. L K Advani's resignation is shocking. JD (U) will meet to consider the latest development: JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav
Modi's style of functioning went against secular and democratic ethos of the nation. His style is that of an autocrat. It is vital to strengthen the unity of democratic and secular forces to the threat posed by this development: Kerala PCC president Ramesh Chennithala
Advani is NDA's tallest leader: Shiv Sena
Advani's resignation would 'cause downfall' of BJP: Murli Manohar Joshi to Rajanth Singh
Advani's resignation has made it difficult for JD(U) to continue with NDA: JD(U) leader KC Tyagi