Having told BJP president Rajnath Singh in no uncertain terms that he had given his resignation after being made to understand his locus standi in the party, senior leader LK Advani has set the party wheels in motion.
Yesterday, the BJP parliamentary board members met Advani and requested him to withdraw his resignation, but the reply was a categoric â€˜noâ€™. Murlidhar Rao, one of the BJP general secretaries from the RSS who is known for his proximity to the leader, immediately flew from Hyderabad to meet his mentor and request him to withdraw his resignation. “It is not a person centric fight; itâ€™s a fight of someoneâ€™s discomfort over issues. The fact that the parliamentary board in its letter rejecting Advaniji‘s resignation stated that this is the time when he is needed the most, says it all.”
While Prabhat Jha, Vice President of the party too rejected the rumours of Advani having issues with the RSS, sources close to Advani have suggested that he has made it clear to senior leaders that itâ€™s not just his opposition to Modi’s ascent to the top position, but also the arrogance of leaders close to him which has assumed pneumonic proportions. The indication, it is said, was directed at leaders like Arun Jaitley, Manohar Parrikar and some over-enthusiastic spokespersons in the party.
Rajnath Singh is believed to have spoken to senior party leaders including sanchalak Suresh Soni, to bring a consensus on the issue. A source close to Rajnath Singh said, “Today Advaniji has resigned, what if we placate him and then tomorrow Modi resigns? What message are we sending to the party rank and file?”
Narendra Modi tweeted last evening that he was concerned and in touch with Advani, however, he did not make any attempt to make a trip to Delhi. While social media has gone berserk with Modi followers lampooning Advani, leaders close to Advani did not mince words. Shatrughan Sinha said, “Some leaders are shedding crocodile tears over Advanijiâ€™s resignation.”
At this point in time while deliberations are on, sources have said that there has been no suggestion to take the position away from Modi. “We are trying to figure a compromise formula. But that too looks difficult,” said a leader who is a part of the ongoing negotiations.