BJP crisis ends, Advani withdraws resignation

BJP president Rajnath Singh said that Advani's concerns will be addressed by the party.

NEW DELHI: The leadership crisis in the BJP ended today with BJP patriarch LK Advani withdrawing his resignation and abiding by the party decision to make Narendra Modi the campaign chief.

BJP president Rajnath Singh said that Advani's concerns will be addressed by the party and added that RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat persuaded to withdraw his decision.

Rajnath Singh said, 'We will address Advani's concerns over party's functioning.'

Modi on Twitter: I was certain Advani would not disappoint thousands of party workers.

Senior leaders Nitin Gadkari and Sushma Swaraj played a crucial role in persuading Advani to withdraw resignation.

Yesterday, Advani quit from all party posts.

Advani quit from the Parliamentary Board, National Executive, and Election Committee of the party.

In his letter to party president Rajnath Singh, Advani wrote: 'For some time I have been finding it difficult to reconcile either with the current functioning of the party or the direction in which the party is going. I no longer have the feeling that this is the same idealistic party created by Dr Mookerji, Pandit Deendayal ji, Nanaji and Vajpayee ji, whose sole concern was the country and its people. Most people are now concerned with just their personal agendas.'

He concluded the letter, saying: 'I have decided, therefore, to resign from the three main fora of the party, namely the National Executive, the Parliamentary Board and the Election Committee. This may be regarded as my resignation letter.'

Advani - once Modi's mentor - is believed to be miffed at the Gujarat strongman being made the party's face for 2014. The reason, many say, is that Advani hasn't yet shed his prime ministerial ambitions.


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