Nothing is hidden regarding the love-hate relationship between LK Advani and party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. The BJP patron was so upset after the party’s decision to appoint Modi as the election campaign chief that he went on to resign from all party positions. It’s a different issue that Advani withdrew his resignations, apparently under Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) pressure.

Besides, it also needs to be mentioned that Advani was absent when the saffron party announced the name of Modi as the prime ministerial candidate. However, the present paradox is that Modi wave will play a vital role in making Advani see through in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.

Though the BJP workers and supporters are upset with Advani over his indifferent stance towards Modi, it’s believed that they would cast their vote in the veteran leader’s favour. In fact, a certain section of the party workers still have this apprehension that Advani may act as an obstacle towards Modi’s way to the chair of Prime Minister after general elections.

In spite of a changed environment, Advani, who is a five-time MP from Gandhinagar constituency, won’t face any hiccup to cruise through. Though his vote share dwindled in 2009 compared to 2004 polls, a relatively weaker opponent, old contacts and Modi-wave is likely to make things work for him. The Congress has fielded Kirit Patel against Advani and the contest is more or less looking one-sided.

According to latest equations, Kirit won’t be getting anything more than Muslim and Jain votes along with a few from his own community. The entire Baniya community seems to be vouching for Advani.

Mohanlal Desai, a BJP worker says that though Advani enjoyed quite a clout in the region, which translated into votes, a major chunk of these have now made its way into Modi’s account. Two years before LK Advani himself projected as the prime minister-in-waiting. It was made clear then that Modi will have to stay within the state realms for few more time. Though the people were unhappy with the move, they were still contented with the fact that a ‘Gujarati’ will become Prime Minister.

According to Desai, when the entire nation as well as the party threw weight behind Modi, Advani adopted a combative stance. Though this has angered the people, they will cast their votes in favour of veteran party leader.

(JPN/Bureau)

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