Zee Media Bureau/Hemant Abhishek
Patna: The voices inside Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) camp that criticised Lal Krishna Advani’s opposition of Gujarat Chief Minister and party’s poll chief, Narendra Modi’s anointment as party’s prime ministerial face are now getting louder than ever.
Chief of BJP’s Bihar wing and ex deputy chief minister, Sushil Kumar Modi, launched a seething attack on Advani and criticised him on Twitter on Wednesday.
Launching a tirade against the 85-year-old party doyen, tweeted: “Adavaniji has failed to gauge the public mood. Advaniji himself declared Atalji as Pm candidate now also he could have done the same for Namo (sic).”
In a veiled attack, he further added that the dream of a ministerial berth had kept "a dead politician" going.
“Politics is the only profession in which people aspire till their last. Ministerial berth can resurrect a dead politician? (sic),” Modi wrote on the microblogging site.
Earlier, understanding that the main stumbling block is Advani’s opposition, the party top brass in a final bid to ensure unanimity had sent former party president Nitin Gadkari to meet Advani yesterday evening. Gadkari flew to Nagpur after the meeting – he may have had appraised the RSS leadership on the outcome of his talks with Advani.
Gadkari did not meet Joshi and Swaraj though the possibility of him having reached out to them on the phone has not been ruled out.
RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat had held a dinner meeting with Advani and Swaraj last week to discuss this issue. Earlier, RSS General Secretary Suresh Bhaiyyaji Joshi had also met Advani and Swaraj separately to convince them.
Senior Ravi Shankar Prasad summed it up when he said, “Advani is our tallest leader...allow the BJP parliamentary board to take a decision (on Modi as PM candidate)”.