It is bad news for BJP leaders wishing to see LK Advani bow out as leader of opposition to pave the way for their own elevation.
About a week after a lunch meeting between Advani and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, which led to much speculation on the issue of succession in the party, Bhagwat on Saturday denied having asked Advani to nominate a successor.
Echoing what Advani himself said three days ago, Bhagwat said no such issue came up for discussion during their meeting last Monday.
“I met Advani and several issues were discussed but I never instructed him for anything,” Bhagwat said in an interview to Star News channel. “I’m truly surprised over the media reports regarding the discussions between me and Advani.”
The BJP has recently been gripped by talk about Advani’s future, set off by those opposed to him. Party sources said the speculation was so intense that both Advani and Bhagwat wanted to find out who was behind such stories.
A section of the BJP close to party chief Rajnath Singh was among those blamed. Some leaders pointed the finger at disgruntled RSS leaders.