Modi meets dejected Advani at his residence
Narendra Modi today met senior BJP leader LK Advani, who is sulking over being fielded from Gandhinagar in Lok Sabha elections as he wanted to shift to Bhopal
Modi went to his residence and was there for about half-an-hour apparently to persuade him to contest from Gandhinagar, which he has represented for five times in Lok Sabha.
The BJP’s parliamentary board and the central election committee, the two top decision making bodies of the party had yesterday decided to field Advani from Gandhinagar and not from Bhopal as desired by him.
Though it is not clear as to what transpired at the meeting, sources said Advani is adamant on contesting from Bhopal, saying that he be given a chance to exercise his option to select his seat just as other top party leaders like Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley and Modi.
The 86-year old party patriarch had conveyed his displeasure to party leaders Sushma Swaraj and Nitin Gadkari, who met him last night.
The two leaders then met Rajnath Singh to convey Advani’s views.
Last night, Modi met RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, apparently to seek his intervention in resolving the issue.
BJP leader Sushma Swaraj also met Advani at his residence. This is Swaraj’s second meeting with Advani. In a bid to placate him over the party’s decision, Swaraj had met the senior BJP last night.
Advani has represented Gandhinagar in the 10th Lok Sabha (1991-96), 12th Lok Sabha (1998-99), 13th Lok Sabha (1999 2004), 14th Lok Sabha (2004-09) and the current 15th Lok Sabha (2009-14).