New Delhi: The cold war between Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader LK Advani has placed the saffron party in an awkward position.

Modi, who had given a miss to BJP working committee meeting in September, has maintained distance with Advani during the latter’s Jan Chetna Yatra in the state.

During the programme, Modi and Advani shared the stage but did not sit together. This time, state BJP president RC Faldu was seen sitting between Modi and Advani. Usually Modi sits next to Advani during any party programme in Gujarat.

Party spokesperson Prakash Javadekar turned down the question related this issue.

Sources said the BJP bigwigs are avoiding making any direct comment on Modi. But at the same time they feel that it is not a healthy sign for the party’s future strategy.

As the root cause of the entire dispute is the claim for the post of Prime Minister within the BJP. The Rashtriya Swansevak Sangh (RSS) has maintained a strict vigil over each development.

The RSS has advised the party not to present any leader as the Prime Ministerial candidate before the 2014 general election. Instead, it is in favour of collective leadership.

JPN/Bureau