Thursday, April 18, 2013

Endangered in Narendra Modi’s lair, LK Advani may do a Gir Lion

Endangered in Narendra Modi's lair, LK Advani may do a Gir Lion
Daily Bhaskar

With Gujarat CM Narendra Modi making his prime ministerial ambitions clear, BJP stalwart LK Advani is wary of his position and plans to switch his constituency from Gandhinagar, Gujarat, to a relatively safe seat in Madhya Pradesh (MP).
Sources told DNA that Advani's well-wisher's were in touch with MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan to end any chances of a 'sabotage' in Gujarat. They feel the shift from Gandhinagar to MP will end Advani's dependence on the Gujarat CM.
Advani's advisors initially wanted him to contest the 2014 election from Lucknow, a seat once represented by former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee. However, with the fast-changing loyalties within the BJP, Modi has laid a claim on both Gandhinagar and Lucknow constituencies to in an attempt to showcase his national acceptance.
Allies such as the Janata Dal (United) and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) are rooting for Advani as the prime ministerial candidate, leading to a war between the BJP patriarch and his protégé Modi.
"If Advaniji is available to lead the party and the government, that should end all discussions," BJP leader Yashwant Sinha said. SAD leader Naresh Gujaral said nobody can have any objection to Advaniji.
With Modi also nursing prime ministerial ambitions, Advani is seen as a moderate face to replace Vajpayee.
Political observers, however, are surprised that Advani plans to contest the election as the RSS had sent him feelers to retire from politics.

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