As the BJP's PM-in-waiting Narendra Modi began his campaign at a rousing rally in Haryana on Sunday, his former mentor L K Advani still seemed to be sulking alone.
Senior BJP leader Jaswant Singh met the party patriarch L K Advani to soothe his “sense of anguish” over Modi’s elevation.
Senior party leaders have been calling on Advani in an apparent bid to mollify him even as leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley expressed confidence that
Advani will "eventually support" the "winning decision" of the party to annoint Modi as BJP's face for the 2104 Lok Sabha polls.
Party chief Rajnath Singh, leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj, Jaitley, Ananth Kumar, Ravi Shankar Prasad and Balbir Punj had met Advani on Saturday, who is closeted in his house since the decision on Modi was taken on Friday.
Earlier, Advani had written a letter to the BJP chief expressing disapproval over his style of functioning.
The BJP president had told reporters in Mumbai on Saturday that as a patriarch, Advani has every right to scold or admonish any party leader if he sees any shortcoming.
"I do not have the stature to reply to anything that Advani says," Singh had said about Advani's letter.
Asked about Advani's stand after her meeting with him, Swaraj had said, "Nobody is upset." Modi himself was the first to visit Advani after the Parliamentary Board decision. He had spent 30 minutes with the leader.
RSS ideologue M G Vaidya had also defended Advani's right to dissent against the decision to make Modi the PM candidate even as he hailed the “democratic manner” in which the Gujarat chief minister was chosen by the Parliamentary Board.