Too Old For Com­fort: Ad­vani & Joshi

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics - BHAVNA VIJ-AURORA

Af­ter a pro­tracted pe­riod of dis­sent, BJP’s old guard fi­nally ap­pears to have made peace with its fate. Left with lit­tle choice and al­most no am­mu­ni­tion to hold the chang­ing or­der to ran­som, pa­tri­archs L K Ad­vani and Murli Manohar Joshi seem to have ac­cepted that their shelf-life may fi­nally be over.

RSS had put the ex­piry date of 75 years for lead­ers of both the party and the govern­ment. Party lead­ers claimed that noth­ing had been promised to ei­ther Ad­vani or Joshi to buy their peace.

“No min­istry, no speaker’s post and no NDA chair­per­son, noth­ing has been promised. They have only been told that the party will make use of their vast ex­pe­ri­ence in a be­fit­ting man­ner and they should let it be at that,” a se­nior BJP leader told ET. Ad­vani and Joshi made an ap­pear­ance at the swear­ing-in cer­e­mony of Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi and his team.

Ad­vani was given the pride of place in the first row at the cer­e­mony, seated with out­go­ing Prime Min­is­ter Man­mo­han Singh, for­mer prime min­is­ter H D Deve Gowda and all vis­it­ing heads of state.

Ac­cord­ing to party lead­ers, BJP

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