The “founding father” of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the six time Member of Parliament (MP) from Gujarat’s Gandhinagar constituency, L. K. Advani, wrote a blog reviving his strong attachment with his party. Advani cleared the air and backed his party’s ‘nation first’ agenda amid news about rift between him and BJP. The 91 year old Advani had to give up his Gandhinagar seat for the BJP national president, Amit Shah, and it was speculated that the senior leader is left behind and has been forgotten. There were reports that stated that the bold step by Amit Shah to fight from Gandhinagar seat, may have distanced the senior leader from the party. However, Advani scrambled these reports by scribbling his thoughts in the blog post.
“Nation first, party next, self last” wrote the senior most BJP leader in his blog post. Advani took a jibe at those who call BJP a party which tags it’s critics as enemies and anti-nationals. “Right from it’s inception, the BJP has never regarded those who disagree with us politically as our enemies, but only as our adversaries. Similarly, in our conception of Indian nationalism, we have never regarded those who disagree with us politically as anti-national,” riposte Advani through his post.
The seventh dy. Prime Minister of India, also penned the hallmark of his party for maintaining democracy within the party and the nation. “Defence of democracy and democratic traditions, both within the party and in the larger national setting, has been the proud hallmark of the BJP,” wrote Advani ahead of BJP Foundation Day scheduled on April 6.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi felt overwhelmed after reading the blog post by his senior leader and wrote few lines of appreciation. “Advani Ji perfectly sums up the true essence of BJP, most notably the guiding Mantra of ‘Nation First, Party Next, Self Last.’ Proud to be a BJP Karyakarta and proud that greats like LK Advani Ji have strengthened it.” tweeted PM Modi after reading the post.
Advani Ji perfectly sums up the true essence of BJP, most notably the guiding Mantra of ‘Nation First, Party Next, Self Last.’
Proud to be a BJP Karyakarta and proud that greats like LK Advani Ji have strengthened it. https://t.co/xScWuuDuMq
— Chowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 4, 2019
The leader seemed completely standing up for the party in his post, just couple of days ahead of the BJP foundation day. Advani was dropped from the first list of the Lok Sabha election contestants shortlisted for the ensuing Lok Sabha election 2019.
The former union minister was replaced by the current party president, Amit Shah, from the Gandhinagar seat which the former had been winning since 1991 except 1996. The opposition parties as well as the BJP’s ‘adversaries’ had strongly criticized PM Narendra Modi and party president, Amit Shah, for neglecting the senior leaders of the party.