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Advani, Joshi put in old age home by BJP: Congress

Manish Tewari said the development marks the "process of centralisation of power" in one hand.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: August 26, 2014 9:26 pm

Congress on Tuesday reacted with sarcasm and derision to BJP’s decision to drop its founder leaders L K Advani and M M Joshi from the Parliamentary Board, saying they have been put in an “old age home” and their ‘Margdarshak Mandal’ will only be a ‘mookdarshak’ (mute spectator).

The party said the development marks the “process of centralisation of power” in one hand, apparently referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Congress leader Rashid Alvi mocked the BJP’s new body Margdarshak Mandal (guiding committee), formed today of which Advani and Joshi besides ailing former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee are members.

“It is a mookdarshak mandal. It is like an old age home from where Advani and Joshi will witness the functioning of BJP like mutes. We were all aware that they are being sidelined,” he told reporters.

Another Congress leader and former Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari said the development marks the “process of centralisation of power” in one hand. NCP leader D P Tripathi, however, termed it as an internal matter of BJP and said new faces, who have come in the place of BJP veterans, are also important for a party.

“How the Parliamentary Board is constituted is the prerogative of the president of the party. This is the convention. But the organisation matters. In place of veterans, they have chosen new faces and these new faces are also important in the party,” he said.

Veteran BJP leader C P Thakur said it could be the “process of change”.

This is the party’s decision on which he will not comment, he said.

“The party will keep on changing. It might be that process of change,” he said.

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  1. prakash gotimukul
    Aug 27, 2014 at 4:13 am
    These sarcastic remarks by Congi is uncalled for. We all know what Manish said about Anna Hazare and how he fell on his feat and apologised. That is the quality of congi spokesman. We also know how senior leaders were lifed and thrown out of AICC office in midnoght and chamchas of the family installed the italian queen as president. There is another senior leader who calls call girls to his governors cabin, had affair outside marriage, disowned his son and had to publicly own it up after a dna test and court order.......and still enjoys as a respected member of party thanks to high morals set by the family.........so less said the better. BJP is a party with consution and uppdates n upgrades it from time to time as times change
    1. G
      Aug 27, 2014 at 6:59 am
      to kya congress ki tarah governor bana den?
      1. G
        Aug 27, 2014 at 4:57 am
        They older generation should make ways for the younger ones.
        1. C
          Cross Charlottee
          Aug 26, 2014 at 5:52 pm
          Manish Tiwari has no other business except to criticize the job of NDA. He is an experienced person from I & B. Mr.Antony rightly told Sonia Ji,'We have lost MPs Elections as Media has not served well under I & B."
          1. M
            Aug 26, 2014 at 4:21 pm
            Totally ungrateful, Modi will not be where he is now if Advani had not supported him when Vajpayee wanted to dismiss him.
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