Sushma reaches Advani's residence, confident of convincing him not to resign

New Delhi, June 10 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushma Swaraj, who is meeting Lal Krishna Advani at his official Prithviraj Road residence here, on Monday expressed confidence that she would be able to convince the 'upset' party veteran to withdraw his resignation from key party posts.

"We are confident that we can talk and convince Advaniji. We will try to talk and convince him. He is our senior most leader," she told mediapersons here ahead of her meeting with the BJP veteran.

Several other senior party leaders are also meeting the BJP veteran in an endeavor to make sure that he withdraws his resignation.

Advani, who was upset over Modi's promotion as the head of the party's election committee, today quit from key posts in the BJP.

In a letter written and sent to BJP president Rajnath Singh, Advani said he had worked for the most part of his life for the Jan Sangh and the Bharatiya Janata Party, and now, he was finding it difficult to reconcile with the recent policies and actions of the party, besides the direction in which the BJP was heading.

In the light of the latest developments concerning the BJP, Advani said he was resigning from the BJP's national executive, the party's parliamentary board and its election committee.

Advani's sudden announcement to resign from key BJP posts, came a day after the party leadership appointed Narendra Modi as the chairman of its national election committee, much against the former's wishes.

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

"I have not accepted Shri Advaniji's resignation," he tweeted.

In an apparent warning about what his next steps could be, Advani earlier on Sunday made a reference to a wounded 'Bhishma Pitamah' lying on a bed of arrows in a scene in Mahabharata.

The 83-year-old party stalwart, however, made no mention of the Gujarat chief Minister in his blog.

The reference to Mahabharata epic, which is often interpreted metaphorically, was made by Advani in his blog on a day when he was over-ruled and Modi was anointed as chief of the BJP's election campaign committee. (ANI)


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