Did BJP patriarch LK Advani really give Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi his blessings on Sunday as the latter claimed after being appointed chairman of the party’s national campaign committee for the general elections?
Modi had tweeted: “Spoke to Advani ji on the phone. He gave me his blessings. Honoured and extremely grateful to receive his blessings.”
However, it transpired on Monday, when the party’s founder-leader resigned from various positions of the party, that Advani’s response was indifferent and brief: “Ok, achhi baat hai! (Ok, it’s all right)”
A source close to Advani said: “What will you say when someone calls you seeking blessings?”
“There was hardly any conversation and the call must have ended in less than a minute,” said a BJP MP close to Advani, adding, “Modi, true to his style, projected it as if Advaniji was happy with his appointment and had blessed him for the post”.
The issue came up in debates on news channel and social networking platform Twitter and many commentators doubted Modi’s statement.
Spoke to Advani ji on the phone. He gave me his blessings. Honoured and extremely grateful to receive his blessings.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 9, 2013
A news anchor said Advani’s family members had denied there was any such conversation.
On Monday also, Modi tweetted he had a detailed talk with Advani and requested him to withdraw his resignation.
An official of the chief minister’s office in Ahmedabad said the conversation on the phone continued for six minutes.
However, a confidant of Advani said the talk between the two leaders was "very formal and lasted around 90 seconds".
Had a detailed conversation with Advani ji on phone. Urged him to change his decision. I hope he will not disappoint lakhs of Karyakartas.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 10, 2013
Spoke to Rajnath ji. In such a short time cannot reach the Parliamentary Board Meeting but will stand by whatever decision the Board takes.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 10, 2013