On Monday, BJP National Chief Amit Shah is expected to meet upset party veterans LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, on a day that the centre-ruling party launches its manifesto for the April-May National Elections starting April 11. The meeting aimed at bringing the party seniors back on board at a time the opposition has attacked PM Modi and Amit Shah for benching their elders.
The 91-year-old LK Advani was told that Mr. Shah would contest from Gujarat’s Gandhinagar, a seat the BJP veteran has held for 6-terms. Meanwhile, Mr. Joshi has sent out a public message to the Kanpur Constituency in the last month, which he had been told by the party he would not get a ticket from Kanpur or anywhere in the forthcoming election.
Mr. Advani did not go public for weeks but delivered a message in a blog last week.
In the social media post reminding the party of democratic principles, Mr. Advani wrote that BJP never considered its critics as “anti-national”. The opposition considered the comments as a direct dig at the Prime Minister and Mr. Shah, who have been accusing oppositions during the election campaign of “speaking in Pakistani language.
BJP has also been questioned by reports that opposition has reached out to both the party seniors and tried to influence Mr. Joshi to contest against PM Modi in Varanasi. He had given up the seat for the Prime Minister at the party’s instance and was shifted to Kanpur in 2014 Election.