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RSS chief praises LK Advani in patch-up act

Senior BJP leader LK Advani, whose blogs often rattled his party and its ideological parent, came for fulsome praise from RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat in what appeared be kind of a final act of patch-up between the patriarch and the Sangh.

india Updated: Dec 18, 2013 10:00 IST
Shekhar Iyer

Senior BJP leader LK Advani, whose blogs often rattled his party and its ideological parent, came for fulsome praise from RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat in what appeared be kind of a final act of patch-up between the patriarch and the Sangh.

The RSS chief’s praise for Advani was immediately read in the BJP circles as marking the completion of a cycle of stormy ties between Advani and the Sangh leaders in the wake Narendra Modi being projected as the prime ministerial candidate.

It has also brought curtains to a festering row between them since his praise of Pakistan founder Mohammed Ali Jinnah in 2005, which saw the Sangh insist that he must make way for a younger lot of leaders to lead the BJP and play the role of a mentor.

Bhagwat eulogised Advani’s leadership qualities and his political life at a function on Tuesday evening to mark the release of the latter’s three books, which are compilations of his blogs.

“Advani didn’t write out of self interest or for any selfish interest but always keeping the nation’s interest in mind,” the RSS chief said, adding that “one may not always agree with everything he says but no one can question his motive.”

Bhagwat said even when Advani wrote critically of anyone, it was not driven by anger but by his “concern” at the state of affairs. He also added Advani’s political life was like his writings, “not driven by self interest but by what was best for the country.”

Sushma Swaraj also praised Advani, saying “even though he criticised us but his reprimands were a kind of lessons.”

In his speech, 86-year-old Advani made it clear that he still considered himself a young person and not old as “nobody is old by age…it is not years in your life that matter but life in your years that count.”