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Mentor Modi as BJP’s top leader, Sangh tells Advani

After expressing his displeasure over Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi’s elevation as the chairman of the election campaign committee, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) senior leader LK Advani now seems to have reconciled to the fact that it will be Modi who will be leading the party for the 2014 general elections. The consensus emerged on Modi’s name after the veteran BJP leader met Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Friday in Nagpur.

‘This discussion will help us change the national polity considering assembly elections are being held in five-six states and Lok Sabha polls are also taking place. We will bring about change and take the nation in the right direction,’ said Advani after his meeting with Bhagwat. The senior BJP leader added that his visit to Nagpur will have positive outcome for the BJP and the country.

‘I have been associated with the Sangh since I was 14. If the Sangh (RSS) hadn’t been there, there would have been no Jan Sangh or BJP,’ said Advani, making it clear that the rebellion is over.

Sources say that during the meeting, it was impressed upon Advani that the Gujarat chief minister is the most popular leader in the party and has immense support from the cadre. The RSS is also of the view that Modi can play a much longer role in the national politics as age is on his side. In the meeting, Advani was also asked to play a mentor’s role to Modi. ‘My ideological family is Jan Sangh, while my political commitment is for the BJP,’ said Advani after the meeting.

The meeting between Advani and Bhagwat lasted for about an hour and was also attended by RSS general secretary Bhaiyaji Joshi. After the meeting, Advani said that there will be continuous discourse between RSS and him.

Though differences have been ironed out between RSS and Advani over the Gujarat chief minister, the senior BJP leader once again reiterated that the party will not come to power on its own and would need the support of allies. Advani was of the view that alliance with other parties should be formed before going the elections.
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