New Delhi, Feb 11 : Commenting on Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L. K Advani's statement about his party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Former Samajwadi Party leader Shahid Siddiqui on Tuesday said Advani was just trying to compensate for opposing Modi earlier by praising him now.
"It is too soon to say whether Modi's governance would be better than Advani's but it is clear that Advani is now just trying to compensate for his opposition to Modi," said Siddiqui.
New Delhi, Nov 8 : Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Friday wished party veteran L. K. Advani on his birthday. He turned 86.
Modi met Advani Friday morning before leaving for a rally in Bahraich, Uttar Pradesh, and presented him a flower bouquet.
The meeting between the two lasted for 15 minutes.
Advani was born Nov 8, 1927, in Karachi, now part of Pakistan.
"Best wishes to Advani ji on his birthday. He is always an inspiration for us," Modi tweeted before meeting the BJP leader.
Patna, Oct 11 : Veteran Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L. K. Advani will not attend the party's Oct 27 Patna rally.
"Advani will not attend the BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's rally in Patna Oct 27," BJP general secretary Ananth Kumar told mediapersons here Friday.
Ananth Kumar downplayed Advani's decision not to attend the rally.
New Delhi, Oct 8 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L. K. Advani Tuesday gave credit for the successful party workers' conclave in Bhopal last month to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. He. however, made no mention of the party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi who was the main speaker.
In the latest post on his blog "No full stops in BJP", Advani said over six lakh workers had registered for the "Karyakarta Mahakumbh".
New Delhi, Aug 15 : BJP leader L. K. Advani Thursday said that Independence Day was not a day to "criticise one another", after Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi attacked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
"Today is Independence Day. Without criticising one another, people should be aware on this day that India has unlimited possibilities," the BJP leader said after unfurling the national flag at his residence.
In his Independence Day speech at Bhuj, Modi called Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's speech from the Red Fort "uninspiring" and criticised him on several accounts.
New Delhi, Aug 3 : Outspoken BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha has caused more embarrassment to his party, saying during a TV interview that senior leader L. K. Advani was best suited to be the party's prime ministerial candidate.
He also said Friday that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi should not have been made the party's 2014 election committee chief.
In an interview to news channel Aaj Tak, the Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Patna Sahib in Bihar said: "If popularity is the criterion (to choose Modi) then Amitabh Bachchan should have been made this country's president".
Patna, July 23 : Actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha Tuesday said he favoured BJP leader L. K. Advani over Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
"I like Advani more than Modi," the Bharatiya Janata Party's Lok Sabha member from Patna Saheb in Bihar told the media here.
Sinha, who is known for his frankness, expressed unhappiness over the sidelining Advani in the party and its decision making process.
"It was wrong to sidelined Advani. It will not help the party."
Chennai, July 23 : BJP leader L. K. Advani will visit Salem Aug 1 to take part in a meeting to condole the murder of the party's Tamil Nadu general secretary V. Ramesh.
Ramesh was hacked to death Friday night in Salem, around 340 km from here, by unidentified men.
Ganesan said a three-member BJP team will separately visit Tamil Nadu this month to probe the attacks on party members. (IANS)
New Delhi, June 11 : BJP president Rajnath Singh Tuesday said that L. K. Advani, who had resigned from all leadership positions, has decided to accept the parliamentary board's request to stay in the core party bodies.
"Advanji has said that any decision of the party he will accept," Rajnath Singh said quoting Advani, who quit Monday.
Advani, who had resigned Monday from the parliamentary board, election committee and national executive, was not present at the brief press conference.
Mumbai, June 11 : Actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha, one of the best known Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders from Bihar, has reportedly thrown his weight behind BJP patriarch L. K. Advani, who relinquished all party posts after Narendra Modi was named the lead campaigner for the 2014 general elections.
It's an open war in the BJP's ranks with prominent party members sharply divided in their loyalty towards Advani and Gujarat Chief Minister Modi, respectively.
According to an informed source, Sinha has taken extreme umbrage to Modi being projected as the BJP's prime ministerial candidate.
New Delhi, June 11 : The BJP Tuesday said its leaders were in constant touch with L. K. Advani, who has quit all party posts, and were hopeful of resolving the crisis soon.
"All leaders are in touch with him and we are hopeful that the crisis will be resolved soon and the BJP will emerge stronger," BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar told reporters.
Javadekar said the Congress and some others were needlessly dragging the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) into the controversy.
Dear Shri Rajnath Singhji
All my life I have found working for the Jana Sangh and the Bharatiya Janata Party a matter of great pride and endless satisfaction for myself.
For sometime I have been finding it difficult to reconcile either with the current functioning of the party, or the direction in which it is going. I no longer have the feeling that this is the same idealistic party created by Dr (Shyama Prasad) Mookerji, Pandit Deen Dayalji
(Upadhyay), Nanaji (Deshmukh) and (Atal Bihari) Vajpayeeji whose sole concern was the country and its people.
New Delhi, June 10 : Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi Monday made a passionate appeal to L. K. Advani to reverse his decision to resign from party positions.
"Had a detailed conversation with Advaniji on phone. Urged him to change his decision. I hope he will not disappoint lakhs of (party workers)," Modi tweeted.
A day after the BJP appointed Modi to lead it in the next Lok Sabha election, Advani quit major party posts after accusing most of its leaders of pursuing "personal agendas".
New Delhi, June 1 : The Congress Monday took potshots at the BJP over the resignation of party veteran L. K. Advani from his posts, saying the opposition party had no connect with India.
"It is for the BJP to think. It is for the concerned persons to think. We had already said that it (Modi's elevation) will have its repercussions," Congress general secretary Janardan Dwivedi said.
"The BJP is totally disconnected with the nation," Congress spokesperson Renuka Chowdhury added. She said she was amazed "the BJP was not able to see the writing on the wall".
New Delhi, June 10 : Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj Monday expressed "surprise" at BJP patriarch L. K. Advani's decision to resign from all party posts but said she was confident she would be able to convince him to take back his resignation.
"I am going to his house and will talk to him and I am sure we will be able to convince him. I have spoken to him over phone and told him that I am coming to see him," she told reporters here.
"I was surprised at his decision," she said, adding that she was confident that she would convince him to take back his resignation.
New Delhi, June 10 : BJP president Rajnath Singh Monday refused to accept party leader L. K. Advani's resignation from organisational posts.
"I have not accepted Shri Advaniji's resignation," Rajnath Singh said in a tweet.
BJP sources said that the party leadership would make efforts to persuade Advani to reconsider his decision.
Advani Monday quit from all major posts in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), accusing "most of our leaders" of being "concerned just with their personal agendas".
New Delhi, June 10 - The veteran L. K. Advani Monday quit from all major posts in the BJP, accusing "most of our leaders" of being "concerned just with their personal agendas".
Advani shot off an angry letter to Bharatiya Janata Party president Rajnath Singh a day after the party named Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as head of the Lok Sabha campaign committee. (IANS)
Gwalior, June 1 : In an apparent jibe at Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and his growing national stature, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L. K. Advani Saturday lavished praise on Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan at a party meeting here.
Advani said that Chouhan had successfully transformed his "bimaru" (sick) state into a healthy one, which was a far tougher job than what Modi faced in Gujarat.
New Delhi, March 25 : Pressing for transparency in the appointment of judges, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L. K. Advani Monday said the collegium system needs to be revisited.
"These days the issue most discussed in the country is corruption. There was a time when all talk of corruption was related only to the executive - politicians and bureaucrats. No one talked of corruption in the judiciary, certainly not in the higher judiciary," Advani wrote in his blog titled 'The collegium system of judicial appointments needs to be revisited'.
"Things have changed in recent years," he said.
New Delhi, Feb 3 : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday condemned Congress general secretary Shakeel Ahmad's comment on L. K. Advani, saying he had gone beyond all standards of political propriety.
Ahmad had said that Advani should have stayed on in Pakistan to serve Hindus, because they are in bad condition there.
Reacting to the controversial remark, BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad asked Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minster Manmohan Singh to give a clarification on whether Ahmad's comment represented the official line of the party.