My political journey has not yet ended: Advani
Amid the brouhaha over the relevance of RSS cadres for the BJP leadership under Narendra Modi, hope seems to have come from an old quarter. Ahead of Lok Sabha elections, the camp’s veteran leader L K Advani on Sunday said his political journey that started 55 years ago has not yet ended, and indicated an active role in days to come.
Advani, who took to blogging after a gap of one-and-a-half months, recalled his long association with RSS, which he joined as a teenager in Karachi, and said, ‘I found meaning when I left my home and family to work as a pracharak of the RSS, first in Karachi and later, after being uprooted by Partition, in Rajasthan. That meaning got further enriched when I embarked on a political journey fifty-five years ago, first as a worker of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh and later of the Bharatiya Janata Party. It is a journey that has not yet ended.’
The blog entry comes days after speculation over Advani’s nomination to Rajya Sabha. Party president Rajnath Singh has, however, denied any such talk, saying Advani was free to choose his own Parliamentary seat to contest the forthcoming polls. In his blog titled ‘How association with RSS has given meaning to my life’, Advani recalled his recent visit to Khushwant Singh, who entered his centenary year on 2 February, and lauded him for being a prolific and active writer despite his advanced age. ‘I had to concede he was better Sikh than I am. He is an Amil Sindhi, a community that subscribes to Sikh tenets. We spent an hour talking about different things but did not refer to rath yatra and the destruction of Babri Masjid,’ the leader quoted Singh in his blog post.