Advani has expressed his open displeasure to amend party rules at party general council meeting in Mumbai, by keeping away from that session. Later suddenly corruption allegation came to light in the media against Gadkari’s own Spurthi Group of companies. Pressure was built-up for his resignation.
It was alleged that some senior leaders close to Advani were behind these exposures. However, noted auditor and RSS ideologue S Gurumurthy came to Gadkari’s aide by submitting an internal enquiry report into those allegations which gave him a clean chit. This had paved the way for Gadkari to continue as BJP chief for another term.
However, Advani reportedly failed to digest this and openly conveyed his opposition against Gadkari to the RSS leadership. With the intervention of the RSS Chief Mohan Bhagawat, Advani was forced to accept Gadkari as the party president.
However, just a day prior to filing nomination papers, Advani suddenly swung into action. With several dramatic developments, Gadkari was forced to step down. Though Advani failed to get his choice - M Venkaiah Naidu - as party chief, he accepted former party Chief Rajnath Singh as a ‘compromise’ candidate. Singh may not be from Advani’s coterie, but he has proved himself as unfit to act independently from Advani’s ‘mischief’ tactics.
It seems even finance ministry helped Advani to execute his ‘coup’ to force Gadkari out of the picture. His game plan started dramatically hours after income tax raids on firms linked to Gadkari.