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BJP effort to present Advani, Modi together in Bhopal on Sep. 25
After declaring Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as its Prime Ministerial candidate for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls ignoring opposition from its tallest leader and former deputy prime minister L K Advani, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is now seen leaving no stone to ensure given an impression to the people that both Advani and Modi are together. Apart from Narendra Modi meeting Advani seeking his blessings immediately after the Parliamentary Board decision on Friday, no serious effort is made to pacify Advani.

Host of visitors including Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitly in Rajya Sabha on Saturday, only tried to maintain good humor with Advani having disowned him during Parliamentary Board meeting. All the leaders are now attempting to given an impression that Advani continue to be their ‘father figure’ and ‘source of inspiration’.

Party President Rajnath Singh, against whom Advani is more angry  for his dealing of the entire issue in an arbitrary way, tried to play down the turmoil the party is now facing. Now both BJP and RSS leaders are trying to convince Advani to take party in party’s rally to be held in Bhopal on September 25, in which Narendra Modi also will present.

As this rally will be launching of party’s poll campaign for Madhya Pradesh assembly polls, scheduled to be held in November, this y ear, by presenting both Advani and Modi on one dais, party leaders are expecting that would send positive signals to the people giving an impression BJP is united behind Modi.

Although the BJP leadership is putting on a brave front, struggling hard to play down the differences in the party, Advani continues to sulk over Narendra Modi's anointment as BJP's prime ministerial candidate. There is widest recognition within the party on the urgent need for putting up a united front.

The BJP and the RSS are acutely aware that getting Advani, the tallest leader in the BJP, as well as the Sangh Parivar, on board is essential, in order to effectively blunt criticism of other political parties. If the BJP fails to put up a united front, Modi’s own legitimacy could come under cloud.

What is worrying the party top-brass is the fear of a new blog by Advani. The attempt is to try and stop its release. If that blog appears, then the BJP may suffer a loss of face. Advani has already criticised BJP President Rajnath Singh over the way he is running the party and he openly disapproved of projecting Modi as the BJP Prime Ministerial candidate.

The BJP is convinced that without a wider endorsement, Modi may not be in a position to attract more political parties that is required to form the Government. The way Janata Dal (United) has walked out of the NDA over the issue of Modi coronation is something that has set the party thinking. As of now, only parties like Shiv Sena and Akali Dal have endorsed Modi and not any secular party.

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