A CON­STITUENCY FOR THE OLD GUARD

India Today - - GLASS HOUSE -

The old guard of BJP is find­ing it dif­fi­cult to rec­on­cile to the pos­si­bil­ity of life out­side the Lok Sabha. First, no one in the party had the courage to rec­om­mend to L.K. Ad­vani, 86, that he be nom­i­nated to the Ra­jya Sabha—as a re­sult the party is faced with the task of find­ing a seat for him, since Gand­hi­na­gar may be one of two con­stituen­cies re­served for BJP prime min­is­te­rial can­di­date Naren­dra Modi. Then some­one sug­gested to Murli Manohar Joshi, 80, that Modi would con­test from Varanasi, upon which he is said to have asked fa­mously: Ac­cha, from which party? Now comes news that Jaswant Singh, 76, wants to con­test from his home con­stituency Barmer in Jaisalmer. Err, what hap­pened to the RSS dik­tat that no one over 75 could con­test the 2014 elec­tions?

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