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Narendra Modi snub by defiant L K Advani unacceptable, BJP tells patriarch to take Gandhinagar or leave it

Mar 19 2014, 22:13 IST
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L K Advani had insisted that he should have the right to choose his constituency and that would ideally see him move away from the state ruled by Narendra Modi. (PTI) L K Advani had insisted that he should have the right to choose his constituency and that would ideally see him move away from the state ruled by Narendra Modi. (PTI)
SummaryL K Advani's attempt to shift away from Narendra Modi's Gujarat for Lok Sabha poll frowned upon by BJP.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) tonight decided to field L K Advani from his Gandhinagar constituency in Gujarat, overruling his desire to shift to Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh reflecting the tensions between him and Narendra Modi.

Modi, the BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate, himself will contest from a second seat -- Vadodara in Gujarat – apart from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh.

Hectic discussions preceded the decision on L K Advani at the day-long meeting of the BJP Central Election Committee from which the 86-year-old party patriarch kept away, citing reasons that he did not want to be part of confabulations involving his constituency.

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L K Advani had conveyed to party president Rajnath Singh that he wanted to shift to Bhopal from Gandhinagar which he has represented five times in the Lok Sabha.

It was not clear whether L K Advani had consented to the party decision. Late night, Sushma Swaraj and Nitin Gadkari went to his residence in a bid to persuade him to accept Gandhinagar.

L K Advani had insisted that he should have the right to choose his constituency like many other leaders who have been allocated their preferred seats, sources said.

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Ever since the elevation of Narendra Modi in the party hierarchy, L K Advani has been sulking and his desire to shift from Gandhinagar is seen as a reflection of the unease in his relationship with Narendra Modi.

At the meeting, Narendra Modi is believed to have insisted that L K Advani should contest again from Gandhinagar, lest a message went that all is not well in the party.

L K Advani has represented Gandhinagar in the 10th Lok Sabha (1991-96), 12th Lok Sabha (1998-99), 13th Lok Sabha (1999-2004), 14th Lok Sabha (2004-09) and the current 15th Lok Sabha (2009-14).

The list of 60 candidates finalised by the party today, yesteryear dreamgirl Hema Mali got a ticket from Mathura in Uttar Pradesh while Olympian medalist Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore from Jaipur (Rural).

Announcing the list of candidates, BJP leader Thawarchand Gehlot refused to answer whether L K Advani had accepted the decision to field him from Gandhinagar.

"I have told you about the decisions taken," he kept repeating before winding up the media interaction.

There were also theories doing the rounds that L K Advani was reluctant to contest from

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