Modi bent down before Advani in a sign of respect and then took his seat close by with Jethmalani in the middle. Advani and Modi exchanged pleasantries but hardly talked to each other. (Agencies)
Advani, who was against the party naming Modi as its PM candidate before the upcoming assembly polls to five states, had stayed away from the crucial BJP parliamentary board meeting on Friday when the decision was announced.
The same day Advani shot off a letter to Singh expressing anguish and disappointment over the BJP president's style of functioning. After his anointment, Modi had driven to Advani's residence to seek his blessings. Even as Advani continued to sulk, Rajnath Singh claimed that all is well within the party and the patriarch is on board on Modi's anointment.
"Everything is okay within the party. He (Advani) was on board earlier, he is on board now also," Singh said after his meeting with Modi. Modi, who addressed a rally of ex-servicemen in Rewari in Haryana, had meetings with Singh and Murli Manohar Joshi.
After remaining closeted at his house since Friday when Modi was anointed, Advani is set to address a public rally in Chhattisgarh on Monday where he will join Chief Minister Raman Singh's Vikas Yatra, sources close to him said.
Meanwhile, leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley expressed confidence that Advani will "eventually support" the "winning decision" of the party to anoint Modi. Senior BJP leaders like Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley, Ananth Kumar, Ravi Shankar Prasad and Balbir Punj had met Advani on Saturday.
Modi bent down before Advani in a sign of respect and then took his seat close by with Jethmalani in the middle. Advani and Modi exchanged pleasantries but hardly talked to each other.