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Modi's Delhi visit divides BJP

The rift within the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) seems to grow wider with each passing day. On Friday, the party mouthpiece Kamal Sandesh did its bit when an article in it indirectly attacked the growing stature of the Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi. On Thursday, the veteran leader L K Advani had criticised the party president Nitin Gadkari.

'As one ascends the ladder, his understandings should also elevate. But the irony is that it is always seen that on reaching the top, even after knowing that a day will come when he has to come down, he tries to belittle the ones below him,' the BJP mouth piece said in the editorial.

In the recently concluded national executive of the BJP in Mumbai, the party president went out of the way to please Modi. The Gujarat chief minister attended the meet once his arch rival Sanjay Joshi's exit from the national executive was ensured by the party. The editorial notes that when a person is applauded more than required then that opens the door of his possible destruction.

Hitting out at Modi's style of functioning, the editorial says, ‘Only my will should be honoured, and none other should command respect. No organization, society or family can function on the basis of such dictums.' It adds that the party does not function on the basis of any individual’s contribution alone but on the basis of everyone’s contribution.

The editorial points out that that senior leaders of the party, like Atal Bihari Vajpayee, L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi despite their high stature never allowed their stature to project beyond the reputation of the party.

The hard hitting editorial comes a day after Advani wrote a blog post criticising the decisions taken by Gadkari. In the post, Advani said that the decision taken by the party in Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh dented the party's image against its campaign against corruption.

The editorial also refers to the situation of the party in Karnataka, Gujarat and Rajasthan, where the party is plagued by internal fighting. The editorial says that these things have deeply hurt the sentiments of the common people and the pain is also felt by BJP workers.

The BJP, however, downplayed the editorial. 'Don't make a story out of nothing,' said the party spokesperson Prakash Javadekar. He stressed that the editorial did not take any names.


Amid growing dissensions and leadership tussle in the party, the Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi called on Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L K Advani on Friday.

Several BJP leaders still invoke Vajpayee, who has been ailing for the last few years, in their bid to gain more legitimacy and wider acceptability within the party. Modi's meeting with Vajpayee appears to be one such attempt, even as he is fast emerging as a prime ministerial contender of the BJP for the next Lok Sabha election.

Sources said that Modi met Vajpayee to enquire about his health and seek his blessings.

Before leaving for Ahmedabad, Modi also called on Advani. This meeting comes in the backdrop of Advani's scathing attack on the party president Nitin Gadkari, with whom Modi was hardly on talking terms till recently, on his blog on Thursday.

Advani is the Lok Sabha MP from Gandhinagar. Modi and Advani have also had differences on certain issues, but the latter has also praised the chief minister profusely on different occasions on his blog and in his speeches.
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