New Delhi: Senior BJP leader LK Advani has agreed that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi can head an important election committee to tackle the national elections-with a caveat.
He wants another committee to be created to steer the BJP into the state elections due in places like Delhi within the next few months, he wants former party chief Nitin Gadkari to lead that group, and he wants the two election committees to be announced simultaneously, possibly at a meeting in Goa this weekend of the BJP's top leadership.
Advani's suggestion offers a compromise- even if a baffling one- to his party, which has been contending with his determined opposition to prevent Modi from being endorsed with a massive national-level post within the BJP, which could segue into his being named the party's presumptive prime minister.
Advani’s recent comments praising Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had reportedly prompted Modi to speak to BJP president Rajnath Singh about it and seek a clarification, a move that even the party stalwart wasn’t too pleased about.
However Advani has now said that he is fine with Modi heading the party’s campaign committee if other senior leaders agree to it, but wants a second committee to handle the upcoming state assembly polls. And he doesn’t want Modi heading that committee.
Modi's stature within the BJP has now been acknowledged by many of his colleagues.