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Advani blames Modi’s hasty elevation for BJP-JD(U) rift

Veteran Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader LK Advani reportedly called party president Rajnath Singh on Sunday and blamed the decision of elevating Gujarat Chief Minister as the reason behind the rift with JD(U).

Updated: Jun 16, 2013, 14:56 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Veteran Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader LK Advani reportedly called party president Rajnath Singh on Sunday and blamed the decision of elevating Gujarat Chief Minister as the reason behind the split with JD(U).

Advani blamed the “hasty decision” of appointing Modi as the BJP poll panel chief, as per news reports.

After Modi`s anointment, Advani resigned from key BJP posts only to withdraw it following RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat`s intervention.

However, Advani later withdrew his resignation and accepted the parliamentary board`s request to stay in the core party bodies.

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday welcomed the party patriarch’s decision.

Expressing his views on social networking website Twitter, Modi said: “I had said yesterday that Advani ji will not disappoint lakhs of Karyakartas. Today, I wholeheartedly welcome his decision!”