24 hours after LK Advani quit all his posts in the BJP, the 85-year-old has withdrawn his resignation, BJP chief Rajnath Singh announced this evening. Rajnath Singh today said that Advani, who had resigned from all leadership positions, has decided to accept the parliamentary board’s request to stay in the core party bodies.
“Mohan Bhagwat (RSS chief) has asked him to accept the parliamentary board decision and continmue to guide the party in national interest. Advanji has accepted to accept Mohan Bhagwatji’s advise,” Rajnath Singh told reporters.
His rapprochement with his party also suggests another reconciliation for Advani – to the primacy of Narendra Modi, the Gujarat Chief Minister, who was chosen to lead the BJP’s election campaign despite Advani’s ardent opposition.
After the BJP’s press conference, Modi tweeted from Gujarat, “I had said yesterday that Advani ji will not disappoint lakhs of Karyakartas. Today, I whole heartedly welcome his decision!”
Before Advani withdrew his resignation, he was reportedly assured that Modi’s appointment as the chairman of the campaign committee will not automatically lead to his selection as the party’s prime ministerial candidate.
Earlier this evening, Advani spoke to Mohan Bhagwat, the head of the BJP’s powerful ideological mentor, the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh or RSS. In that conversation, a BJP press release said, Advani was persuaded to “respect the parliamentary board decision” to reject his resignation – the BJP’s core group from the national executive, the parliamentary board and the election committee.
Advani was reported to be deeply offended by the RSS’s alleged decision to have the BJP announce Modi’s promotion as election chief at a conference in Goa even though Advani was absent.