NEW DELHI: As the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) celebrates its 35th Foundation Day today at its party headquarters in the national capital, its key founding member, veteran LK Advani was not invited to the event officially, sources informed.
Advani was not sent even a message regarding the event in Delhi led by BJP Chief Amit Shah officially, said the sources who did not want to be named. Without any official intimation from the BJP office, Advani’s residence apparently only received a general SMS which was sent to all the party workers.
Party veteran, 87-year-old Advani refused the request of the BJP President this weekend to address an important annual conclave held in Bengaluru, while his speech at the conference has been a part of the party’s tradition for 35 years now.
LK Advani was against the idea of picking up Narendra Modi as the prime ministerial candidate of BJP last year ahead of the national elections and all his efforts to persuade his team members were gone in vain. While the leader later joined hands with the party’s idea to escalate Modi as the PM candidate, barely two months after, he was removed from the top decision making group, the parliamentary board of BJP along with former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Murli Manohar Joshi.
The expert leaders were then transferred to what the opposition mocked as a ‘retirement home’, the Margdarshak Mandal, a board meant to give supervision and mentoring.
However, the committee has not met even once, ever since it was announced and its members have been barred from significant decisions such as allying with the PDP to form the government in Jammu and Kashmir, choosing for IPS officer Kiran Bedi as the chief ministerial candidate of BJP for the Delhi election etc.