In a press meet that glaringly highlighted the absence of a sulking L K Advani,president Rajnath Singh,flanked by Sushma Swaraj and Nitin Gadkari,said that the veteran leader had agreed not to press forward with his resignation.
BJP reached a truce with Advani after RSS intervened to end the two-day crisis triggered by his opposition to Narendra Modi’s elevation.
Rajnath indicated Advani took back his resignation after RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat spoke to him and requested him not to quit.
On being questioned about why Advani was missing from the press conference,which was being held in Advani’s house,Rajnath said that it would not have been appropriate and that he had asked the senior leader not to attend as the main topic of the press meet was the veteran leader himself.
Singh added,”I told him that this is my press conference and it will not look nice that you sit and hear me.”
Importantly,Rajnath said that Advani has indicated his acceptance of the BJP’s Sunday resolution that included the elevation of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
“Today afternoon,RSS sarsanghchalak (chief) Shri Mohan Bhagwat spoke to Shri Advani and asked him to respect BJP Parliamentary Board decision and continue to guide the party in national interest. Shri Advani has decided to accept Shri Bhagwat’s advice,” said a statement read out by Rajnath after meeting Advani in the company of other leaders.
In a bid to mollify Advani,Singh said he had assured him that all his “concerns” regarding functioning of the party,which he had cited as a reason for quitting the party posts,would be “properly addressed”.
“The President will discuss the modalities of addressing these concerns with Shri Advani,” Singh said without elaborating.
The party chief had made it clear earlier that there will be no going back on the decision to appoint Modi as Campaign Committee chief,a major cause for Advani’s resignation.
The denouement to the two-day political drama came after hectic parleys and persuasion by a number of leaders who met Advani and impressed on him the need to end the crisis triggered by his resignation.
Advani’s close associate Jaswant Singh maintained that the ‘worries and concerns’ raised by Advani about the affairs of the party would be looked into.
“The issues he has raised are for the good of the party and the nation. I am hopeful a proper solution to these would come out. I am sure the party will be successful in dealing with these issues,” Singh told reporters.
Former BJP President Nitin Gadkari said the party needs the guidance of a veteran leader like Advani at this juncture.
“We will pray to him to reconsider and I am confident he will take back his resignation,” Gadkari said.
Party MP Uma Bharti,who met Advani and Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj separately this morning,said that she and and Swaraj had a ‘good conversation’ but refused to answer questions on Advani’s resignation,saying she does not want to speak on that matter.
Asked whether her writing a letter to party President Rajnath Singh on not being able to attend the BJP conclave at Goa was any indication that she was upset,Bharti said she was not annoyed in any manner.
(With PTI inputs)