History has turned full circle for BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Lal Krishna Advani.
The former Deputy Prime Minister, who was forced by the RSS to quit as party chief three years back, has returned as the tallest leader for the Sangh without whose blessings the projection for the top executive job was just unthinkable.
81-year old Advani has become the best hope for the Sangh as the saffron forces seek to exorcise the ghost of the 2004 Lok Sabha election defeat.
The electoral setback coupled with the subsequent controversial remarks of Advani over Mohammed Ali Jinnah had led to a huge row leading to his exit as party chief on December 31, 2005.
On Friday, it is the anti-climax as the party's national executive and later the national council are meeting in Nagpur, also the RSS headquarters, to devise a winning strategy for Advani to become the next Prime Minister.
In fact, in recent months the RSS appears to have fully backed Advani as the battle for the Lok Sabha elections has come near.
There have been highs and lows in the political career of Advani and after the last Lok Sabha elections he had admitted that the party was going through a 'bad patch'.