Two senior leaders of Bharatiya Janata Party- L K Advani and Murali Manohar Joshi- have kept the party leaders on toes following a blog post of the former and alleged discussions of the latter with the opposition parties.
Former deputy prime minister and veteran leader Advani on Thursday wrote a blog post titled ‘Nation first, party next, self last’. This is first of such posts since April 2014.
In the blog, Advani took an apparent jibe on terming the rivals ‘anti-national’. “The essence of Indian democracy is respect for diversity and freedom of expression. Right from its inception, the BJP has never regarded those who disagree with us politically as our “enemies”, but only as our adversaries. Similarly, in our conception of Indian nationalism, we have never regarded those who disagree with us politically as “anti-national”. The party has been committed to freedom of choice of every citizen at personal as well as political level,” he wrote.
The blog became a hot topic and widely considered as his criticism on the current leadership. Advani also thanked the voters of Gandhinagar constituency in Gujarat for electing him since 1991.
“I take this opportunity to convey my most sincere gratitude to the people of Gandhinagar, who have elected me to the Lok Sabha six times since 1991. Their love and support has always overwhelmed me,” he wrote.
Another senior leader Joshi reportedly held ‘secret talks’ with opposition party leaders about contesting in the Lok Sabha polls.
“Both Advani and Joshi feel extremely humiliated by the Modi and Shah duo,” notes political analyst and journalist Swati Chaturvedi. According to her, Joshi met Congress leaders and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav. The opposition camp has reportedly informed him their consent to back him from Varanasi against Narendra Modi. However, Joshi is not keen on Varanasi constituency.
Reports suggest that BJP also offered him Varanasi on Friday morning.
It has to be seen how BJP will tackle the disgruntled leaders.