LK Advani, senior BJP leader, has quit all posts in the party, a day after he was over-ruled and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was given a whopping promotion.
Rajnath Singh, BJP President, tweeted: “I have not accepted Shri Advani ji’s resignation.”
“For some time I have been finding myself to reconcile myself with the way the party has been functioning,” he has said in the letter written to BJP president Rajnath Singh, while resigning from the posts in the party’s National executive, it’s parliamentary board and election committee.
In his resignation letter to party President Rajnath Singh, who announced the appointment of Modi as chairman of the election campaign committee yesterday at the BJP national executive, he rued that the BJP was no longer the “same idealistic party” created by Shyama Prasad Mookerjee, Deendayal Upadhyaya, Nanaji Deshmukh and Vajpayee.
Factor that gave Advani confidence was his image as a non-divisive leader as compared to Modi. Advani might have been betting on the acceptance of some of the BJP cadre such as Sushma Swaraj, whose support of Modi has been considered half-hearted by political analysts. If Advani was betting on support from BJP leaders who feared that Modi’s ascension would mean a loss of power for them, this hope has been thwarted as well. The party has made a consolidated effort to present a united front over the past three days, speaking repeatedly of “near-unanimity” in the decision regarding Modi.