Even though his name was not in the first list of Lok Sabha candidates announced by the BJP earlier this week, party patriach Lal Krishna Advani visited his constituency on Friday, signalling his interest for the same seat. The former deputy prime minister expressed his desire to contest from Gandhinagar in Gujarat, the Lok sabha constituency that he has been representing since 1991, if the BJP allows. “My name was not in the first list of candidates. But I am here today,” he said.
“After migrating from Pakistan, we had shifted to Kutch. The seat is my first choice, but it’s a reserved seat (for Scheduled Castes). In that case, I would like to contest from Gandhinagar again,” Advani told mediapersons here. Advani attended District Monitoring and Vigilance Committee meet, along with Ahmedabad East BJP MLA Harin Pathak, to take an update on the development work done from the MP grants.
In June 2013, Advani had resigned from all party posts to oppose Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s election as chairman of the BJP election committee. He had, however, withdrew his resignation later. He had also protested when his once-close confidant Modi was declared Prime Ministrial candidate. But in the past couple of months, Modi has been seen with his mentor in Gujarat at the inauguration of development projects in Ahmedabad and the BJP’s new headquarters Shri Kamalam in Gandhinagar.