New Delhi: In yet another indication of a growing rift between veteran BJP leader LK Advani and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, reports on Thursday claimed that the latter will not attend the party’s national executive meeting starting tomorrow.
According to sources, the two-day meet of the party will be attended by all top leaders except Modi, who is believed to be fasting during the ‘Navratras’ and cited it as the main reason for skipping the exercise.
Speculations about a growing rift between Advani and Modi have been doing the rounds ever since the former shifted the venue of his much-publicized yatra against corruption from Gujarat to Bihar.
In a politically significant move, it was announced that Bihar Chief Minister and Janta Dal(U) leader Nitish Kumar will flag off Advani’s yatra from Bihar.
As per the announcement, the BJP veteran will commence his yatra from Sitab Diyara - the birthplace of nationalist leader Jai Prakash Narayan – on October 11.
Advani’s yatra was earlier scheduled to commence from Gujarat’s Somnath Temple and state’s Chief Minister Narendra Modi was to flag it off.
However, the BJP leadership has categorically rejected reports of a possible rift between Modi and Advani over shifting of later’s yatra.
With Agency Input