"On behalf of the party Shri Rajnath Singh assured Shri Advani that his concerns about the functioning of the party would be properly addressed and the President would discuss the modalities of addressing these concerns with Shri Advani," the statement said.
But while Rajnath was flanked by Sushma Swaraj, Nitin Gadkari, Jaswant Singh, Uma Bharti, Ananth Kumar and
others, Advani himself skipped the conference, which many saw as a sign that the truce was shaky.
Over the last 24 hours, Advani apparently conveyed to BJP leaders that he was unhappy with the way RSS pointsmen in the BJP Suresh Soni and Ram Lal were trying to "micromanage" the party. In his resignation a day earlier, Advani had complained that most leaders in the party were pursuing their "personal agendas’.
Modi welcomed the turn of events promptly, but not without making it clear that he was the leader: "I had said yesterday that Advani ji will not disappoint lakhs of karyakartas. Today, I wholeheartedly welcome his decision."
Earlier in the day, the BJP’s Odisha state executive passed a resolution in favour of the
decision taken by Rajnath Singh regarding Modi’s elevation, a pressure tactic in Modi’s favour.