Re-elected Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah on Sunday met veteran leader LK Advani to seek his blessings.
The meeting comes after Advani had openly criticised Shah after the Bihar debacle.
Both Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, who have been critical of Shah’s leadership, were absent at the party headquarters in New Delhi on Sunday when the entire party leadership was celebrating the BJP chief’s re-election.
They have been upset ever since they were made members of ‘Margdarshak Mandal’, which is seen by many as an indication that they have been rendered irrelevant in the party’s
Shah, who has been elected for a three-year term, also will be meeting ailing former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Tuesday, party sources said. Also, his meeting with Joshi is scheduled for Tuesday after his return from West Bengal where he will be on a day-long trip on Monday.
However, the Congress party mocked Shah’s reappointment as a ‘good omen’ and said that it would provide an opportunity for the Opposition to make a comeback.
“Seeing the role played by him in the assembly elections in Delhi and Bihar, his appointment will provide a good opportunity for the Opposition, including the Congress to make a comeback,” Congress leader Pramod Tiwari told ANI.
Under Shah’s leadership, the BJP scaled new heights by coming to power in Maharashtra, Haryana, Jharkhand and Jammu and Kashmir, however, the party had to face defeats in Delhi and Bihar assembly elections, triggering some rumblings in the BJP.