Known Advani baiter dies at 84
Pyarelal Khandelwal (84), a top BJP leader and a known baiter of L.K. Advani, died on Tuesday.india Updated: Oct 07, 2009 01:57 IST
Pyarelal Khandelwal (84), a top BJP leader and a known baiter of L.K. Advani, died on Tuesday.
In a rare gesture, Vice President Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visited the BJP headquarters on Ashoka Road here to pay their last respects to Khandelwal.
The PM was received by party chief Rajnath Singh, L.K. Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Arun Jaitley and S.S. Ahluwalia, among others. Khandelwal, a RSS pracharak, was serving his second term in the Rajya Sabha. Khandelwal made his mark when he defeated former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijay Singh from Rajgarh to enter the Lok Sabha.
Critical of Advani, Khandelwal was a strong supporter of Murli Manohar Joshi. He had criticized Advani’s decision to appoint Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitely to parliamentary posts soon after the Lok Sabha polls.
Recently, he wrote a letter to Rajnath Singh criticising the expulsion of Jaswant Singh from the party for praising Pakistan founder M.A. Jinnah in his book.
He had said in the letter that, had Atal Bihari Vajpayee been active in politics this development would not have taken place.
Vajpayee said in his condolence that the BJP owed it to him for its present growth in Madhya Pradesh where the last rites would be performed.
Advani too said, “In his death we have lost a sincere and very dedicated worker of the party. He and Kushabhau Thakre (former BJP president) had worked for the party and was a source of inspiration for us.”
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat also praised his role while Rajnath Singh gave him credit for the “extent of the organisation’s influence in the country.”