Friday, May 25, 2012 NC
Upset with BJP, LK Advani to skip BJP rally today
Trouble seems to be brewing for Bharatiya Janata Party president Nitin Gadkari, as reports on Friday suggest that party stalwart LK Advani is expected to skip a rally, which is scheduled for later today.
The rally will be held after the two-day national executive meet of BJP ends in Mumbai today.
Reports suggest that Advani is unhappy with the decision of extending party president Gadkari's term by another three years.
The BJP on Thursday passed an amendment to its constitution which will now enable party president Nitin Gadkari's term to be extended by another three years.
Though some reports suggest that Advani’s deteriorating health is keeping him away from the rally, but few are willing to take buy that.
Some reports also suggest that Sushma Swaraj will attend the rally for a while.
Gadkari, who enjoys the backing of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS), became the party president in 2009. His term was to expire in November this year.
The extension is being seen as an effort from the party to reconcile before the 2014 general elections, and be prepared in case of a mid-term poll.
Sources, say that not all leaders are happy with Gadkari, but the party president is now being seen making efforts to increase his popularity.
Gadkari's decision to let go Modi's old foe Sanjay Joshi is also being seen as a part of efforts to settle differences.
It is going to be a tough task for Gadkari to explain Advani’s absence.
Earlier, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and Karnataka former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa had made their presence felt at the national executive underway here and show that the party is at peace within.
While Modi finally came to attend the national executive yesterday following the forced resignation of his detractor Sanjay Joshi, Yeddyurappa, who was unhappy over not being reinstated as the Karnataka chief minister and had raised the banner of revolt, did a U-turn yesterday and decided to attend the national executive.
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