BJP leaders to persuade Advani to reconsider decision to quit

Published: 11th June 2013 01:50 PM  |   Last Updated: 11th June 2013 03:19 PM   |  A+A-

JaswantSingh-pti
By PTI

Taken aback by L K Advani's resignation from all party posts, BJP leaders today said they will persuade him to reconsider it and were hopeful that he will do so.

Advani's close associate Jaswant Singh maintained that the "worries and concerns" raised by Advani about the affairs of the party would be looked into.

"The issues he has raised are for the good of the party and the nation. I am hopeful a proper solution to these would come out. I am sure the party will be successful in dealing with these issues," Singh told reporters outside Advani's residence.

In Nagpur, former BJP President Nitin Gadkari said the party needs the guidance of a veteran leader like Advani at this juncture. "We will pray to him to reconsider and I am confident he will take back his resignation," Gadkari said.

Party MP Uma Bharti, who met Advani and Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj separately this morning, said that she and and Swaraj had a "good conversation" but refused to answer questions on Advani's resignation, saying she does not want to speak on that matter.

Asked whether her writing a letter to party President Rajnath Singh on not being able to attend the BJP conclave at Goa was any indication that she was upset, Bharti said she was not annoyed in any manner.

Gopinath Munde, Deputy Leader of the BJP in the Lok Sabha also said that Advani should take back his resignation.

Echoing Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj, BJP Vice President Uma Bharti said Advani cannot be separated from the party.

"Advani's presence is beneficial for the party, he will have to be with us," she said.

Bharti recalled that Advani was the first one to differentiate between secularism and pseudo-secularism, the first to take out a yatra and the first to say that Atal Bihari Vajpayee should be the prime ministerial candidate.

"Modi is like a son to Advani. I have said what Sushma has said that Advani cannot be separated from us," Bharti said.

Other party leaders who visited Advani include Murli Manohar Joshi, Gadkari, Ananth Kumar, Murlidhar Rao, Ramlal, Balbir Punj and Aarti Mehra.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp