Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: Congress on Thursday took a dig at LK Advani, a day after the Bharatiya Janata Party`s patriarch endorsed Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as the party`s prime ministerial candidate for the first time.
"It seems that Advaniji has given up his weapon," said Congress spokesperson Meem Afzal.
On Wednesday, a visibly placated Advani lavished praise on Modi for the work done in Gujarat which had brought him accolades not only in the country but also abroad.
"If we get the chance to form next government, we will be happy to see Narendrabhai as our Prime Minister," Advani had said at an event here to mark the inauguration of Institute of Infrastructure, Technology, Research and Management.
Advani, 85, who represents Gandhinagar in the Lok Sabha, was seen at a public function with Modi in Gujarat for the first time after 2011.
Though the two BJP heavyweights had shared a public platform in Bhopal on September 25 with the top party brass for the first time after Modi`s anointment as party`s prime ministerial candidate, the warmth between them was missing.
Advani had lauded Modi for the work done by him in Gujarat, but also showered liberal praise on Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Raman Singh, BJP Chief Ministers of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
However, in marked contrast on Wednesday, both appeared more relaxed in each other`s company.
Opposing the elevation of Modi, his one-time protégé, as BJP`s election campaign committee chief, Advani had resigned from all party posts in June this year but later withdrew his resignation after the RSS intervened.
He had also not attended the party`s Parliamentary Board meeting last month where Modi was declared BJP`s prime ministerial contender.
(With PTI inputs)