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In a first after Goa no-show,Advani shares dais with Modi in Junagadh

At a condolence meet,BJP patriarch calls his former protege a yashashvi

Written by Express News Service | Rajkot | Published: July 2, 2013 4:00:06 am

For the first time after Narendra Modi’s anointment as the chief of BJP’s campaign committee,party veteran L K Advani on Monday shared dais with the Gujarat Chief Minister at a ceremony in Junagadh,where party president Rajnath Singh was also present.

The three leaders were in attendance at the condolence meet of former Union minister and party colleague Bhavna Chikhalia,who had died of a heart attack on Friday.

While Advani and Rajnath landed in nearby Keshod town by a chartered flight and then drove to Junagadh,Modi flew in a helicopter.

In his brief speech,Advani addressed Modi as a yashashvi (very successful) and lokapriya (popular) leader. He also recalled how late Chikhalia made it a point to accompany him to Somnath during his visits to the temple town. Chikhalia was elected MP from Junagadh for four times.

Modi also addressed Advani as adarniya (respected) while praising Chikhalia for always working to make the party organisation strong.

The three senior BJP leaders were at the meet for more than 20 minutes.

A day after Modi’s appointment as BJP poll panel chief,Advani had quit all party posts but was persuaded to reconsider his decision by other party leaders.

After this,the Gujarat CM had met Advani at the latter’s residence in Delhi on June 18.

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