Advani possibly miffed as party wanted to vet his speech
Uncertainty over BJP veteran LK Advani’s speech at the party’s national executive continued on Friday, with some senior leaders making an effort to reach out to him to ensure the party avoided embarrassment.Updated: Apr 04, 2015 00:22 IST
Uncertainty over BJP veteran LK Advani’s speech at the party’s national executive continued on Friday, with some senior leaders making an effort to reach out to him to ensure the party avoided embarrassment.
A source told HT that Advani’s name was not in the list of speakers, as there were apprehensions that the veteran leader, who has been sidelined, may either refuse to speak or come up with a statement that will alter the positive sentiment that the party leadership wanted to generate through the conclave.
There are reports that the party leadership hinted that they would like to have a look at his speech before he delivered it — a move that has not gone down well with Advani, who founded the party and contributed to its rise.
Seven months back Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi were removed from BJP’s parliamentary board and accommodated in a new body, Margdarshak Mandal, along with ailing party patriarch Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The PM and home minister Rajnath Singh are the other members of this group, which has met since it was constituted.
Advani, sources said, has told his confidants that he is not willing to speak.
There was uncertainty on whether he would attend the meet in Bengaluru at all, however, he took an evening flight from Delhi on Thursday. He was present at the meet on Friday and seemed at ease with other party leaders.
Incidentally, Advani had skipped the national executive meet in Goa, where the party had decided to project Modi as the head of its campaign committee.
Advani subsequently resigned from his party post, expressing disagreement with the decision making exercise of the party.