Modi calls 'sulking' Advani, requests him to withdraw resignation

New Delhi, June 10 (ANI): Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that he had a telephonic conversation with Lal Krishna Advani during which he urged the BJP veteran to withdraw his resignation.

"I had a long talk with Advaniji over the phone. I requested him to change his decision. I hope that he will not disappoint the thousands of party workers," he said on micro-blogging site Twitter.

Advani today resigned from party's Parliamentary Board, Election Committee and National Executive.

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 President has, however, refused to accept Advani's resignation.

Earlier in the day, the BJP President had an hour-long meeting with Advani at his residence here.

Meanwhile, the BJP today said that senior party leaders are reaching out to Advani to reconsider his decision. (ANI)

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