The BJP president Amit Shah on Monday visited the veteran BJP leaders LK Advani and Murali Manohar Joshi at Joshi’s home in Delhi.
The veteran leaders are unhappy about Amit Shah and Narendra Modi’s deciision to bench them in the 17th Lok Sabha elections.
Last month, Mr Advani, 91, was told that Amit Shah would contest from Gandhinagar in Gujarat, a seat the BJP patriarch has held for six terms. Mr Joshi also sent out a public message to his constituency Kanpur last month that he had been told by the party he would not contest from Kanpur or anywhere in the election.
Mr Advani didn’t go public for weeks but delivered his message in a blog last week. In the post reminding the BJP of democratic principles, he wrote that the party never considered its critics as “anti-nationals”. The opposition seized the comments as a direct jab at PM Modi and Amit Shah, who have been accusing rivals during their campaign of “speaking Pakistan’s language”.
Amit Shah talked for an hour with LK Advani and the meeting was aimed at bringing the veterans back on board.