BJP chief Rajnath Singh on Wednesday met senior party leader LK Advani in a bid to make him agree to Narendra Modi’s candidature as the party’s prime ministerial nominee ahead of the general elections, but appears to have got no assurance of his support on the issue.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president had a 30-minute meeting at Advani's residence in the afternoon.
Advani had announced his resignation from all BJP posts immediately after Modi was anointed as head of the party’s election campaign committee, but was convinced by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) to withdraw it.
However, indications are that Singh’s efforts in convincing Advani on Gujarat chief minister Modi’s candidature have not borne fruit.
While stepping up efforts on the issue of announcing Modi’s name for the top post, former BJP president Nitin Gadkari had met Advani as an emissary of the RSS — seen as the BJP’s spiritual and ideological guide — on Tuesday.
Gadkari left for Nagpur after the meeting to convey Advani’s thinking to the RSS, which has its headquarters there.
Gadkari visited Advani at his residence in New Delhi and held a short meeting with the senior leader to convince him on Modi’s name and agree to a date for convening a meeting of the parliamentary board before September 17, party sources said.
Advani, Sushma Swaraj, leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha and senior party leader Murli Manohar Joshi reportedly have reservations on declaring Modi as the PM candidate before the assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Delhi and Mizoram.