NEW DELHI: Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) parliamentary board on Monday unanimously rejected LK Advani's resignation.
BJP president Rajnath Singh, in an address to the media said, "The party and the nation today need him (Advani) more than ever before.
"As a party president, I will not accept LK Advani's resignation under any circumstances."
Accompanied by Rajnath Singh, senior BJP leaders Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, Ravi Shankar Prasad and Ananth Kumar met Advani at his residence to persuade him to withdraw resignation.
Earlier the BJP patriarch had quit from the Parliamentary Board, National Executive, and Election Committee of the party.
In his resignation letter submitted to BJP President Rajnath Singh, Advani said he has been finding it difficult to reconcile with the functioning of the party and the direction in which it is going.
Advani, who was not happy with Modi's appointment as the chairman of campaign committee for 2014 general elections, said that most BJP leaders are concerned just with their personal agenda.
He said, no longer he has the feeling that this is the same party, which was created by Shyama Prasad Mookerjee, Deendayal Upadhyaya, Nanaji and Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
The BJP patriarch had skipped the BJP national executive meet in Goa, a first time in his entire political career. (With inputs from Agencies)