Too Old For Comfort: Advani & Joshi
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.
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