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Advani and NDA Split!
|by Rajinder Puri|
After the announcement of the formal split between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Janata Dal United (JD-U) the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is left with three alliance partners – The BJP, Akali Dal and Shiv Sena. Mr. Sharad Yadav, JD-U President, has resigned as National Convener of the NDA. Mr. LK Advani continues to be the Chairman of this shrunken body. He reportedly contacted BJP President Mr. Rajnath Singh after the split to point out that it was Mr. Narendra Modi’s elevation as Chairman of the BJP National Campaign Committee that has led to the split.
What was the point of Mr. Advani reiterating this obvious fact which every child knows? It can only be that it was stated as a complaint and a vindication of his opposition to Mr. Modi’s elevation.
So, what will Mr. Advani do next? Will he resign again or will he sulk as a dissident attempting to stall the party at every juncture?
If Mr. Advani did not think the continuation of the NDA important he should not have expressed his displeasure publicly in the first place. If he thinks it vitally important to the future of the BJP he should take his opposition to its logical end. That is how honourable and principled politics should be conducted. It does not behoove a senior political leader to sulk and promote dissidence.
A few days ago advising Mr. Advani and his followers to split and join the proposed Federal Front I wrote:
This writer stands by his advice.
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