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Jaswant Singh meets Advani

india Updated: Jun 16, 2009 00:37 IST
Shekhar Iyer

Five days after he triggered open dissent over LK Advani’s post-poll decisions, Jaswant Singh drove to the latter’s residence on Monday — to show it’s business as usual between the two leaders.

Though he led a delegation of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha leaders as the new MP from Darjeeling to discuss their plans with Advani, Jaswant wanted to show that his criticism of Advani’s action had no “personal” angle, BJP insiders said.

But it wasn’t clear whether Jaswant (71) had a one-to-one meeting with Advani (81) and discussed his differences with him and the issues bothering him since the Lok Sabha results.

With BJP chief Rajnath Singh (57) charged with the task of trying to put the party in order before its conclave here on June 20 and 21, Advani would like to assure every senior leader that correctives would be made and no factor responsible for the BJP’s defeat would be overlooked this time.

Sushma remains candid

If Jaswant’s visit to Advani was to show it was business as usual between him and Advani, Sushma Swaraj was more than candid with her observation in Bhopal. “When a volcano is on even a small spark (chingari) can make it flare up further,” she said.

Sushma also said there was nothing wrong in Advani continuing as the Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha as he would have become the Prime Minister in case the NDA had won the elections.

Yashwant wants probe

Two days after he quit from all party posts, Yashwant Singh on Monday appeared unhappy that Rajnath had accepted his resignation with “immediate effect” — without holding a discussion with him.

Sinha sought a probe into how the contents of his resignation letter were leaked to the media. “It would be in the interest of the party to investigate how the letter was leaked to the media,” Sinha told reporters in Hazaribagh.