Advani, Joshi raise a banner of revolt against Modi

L K Advani. PTI file photoNew Delhi, Nov 10, 2015 (PTI): Knives were out in BJP tonight with veteran leaders L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and two others raising a banner of revolt against the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the wake of Bihar debacle saying that the party has been “emasculated” in the last one year and was being “forced to kow-tow to a handful”.

In the first challenge to Modi since he emerged the undisputed leader of the party and the government in May last year, the veterans including Shanta Kumar and Yashwant Sinha issued a brief but strongly-worded statement that demanded a thorough review of the debacle.

“The principal reason for the latest defeat is the way the party has been emasculated in the last year.

“A through review must be done of the reasons for the defeat as well as of the way the party is being forced to kow-tow to a handful, and how its consensual character has been destroyed,” the statement said.

Before the statement was released from the residence of Joshi, a former BJP president, former union minister Arun Shourie and former RSS ideologue K N Govindacharya were closeted with Joshi.

The statement said the results of the Bihar election showed that no lesson has been learnt from the fiasco in Delhi, where the Aam Aadmi Party trounced BJP by securing 67 of the 70 assembly seats.

“To say that everyone is responsible for the defeat in Bihar is to ensure that no one is held responsible. It shows those who would have appropriated credit if the party had won are bent on shrugging off responsibility for the disastrous showing in Bihar,” it said.

The statement is an apparent dig at the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s defence of the leadership yesterday after the Parliamentary Board’s review of the performance in which he had said “as far as accountability is concerned the party wins collectively and loses collectively”. He was reacting to a query whether party chief Amit Shah would be held responsible for the defeat.

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  1. The globetrotter comes from a traders’ state where people have built their wealth using the clever ploy of ‘run with the hare and hunt with the hounds’.

    They smile all the time, but run with the hare and hunt with the hounds. Everyone happily parts with their hard-earned cash – and these Gujaratis become richer.

    The globetrotter of the 56-inch dimensions, and his manipulative twin brother who is 56 inch all over (except perhaps with the plumbing) had India at their feet. Or so they thought.

    If they could hoodwink the Gujaratis for so long, why can’t they hoodwink the rest of India?

    And surely it would be a piece of cake to hoodwink the Biharis, right?

    But the Biharis proved just too smart for these two 56-inch twins with suspect education.

    The two tusketeers are in a curious position right now.

    The rank and file – the 31% of the voters who catapulted the 56-inch-twins to the national scene – are suddenly caught with their pants down.

    How could the two take the 31% of the voters of India for a grand ride, and for so long?

    People like me tried to wake up a few of the 31%, but the 31% couldn’t let go off their great photoshopped hero.

    Biharis have taught the rest of the Indians how the 56-inch are in fact 5 inch. Forget about the ghee-bloated chests.

    The fun has truly begun.

    PS: The 5-inch-bhais thought that they could continue to fool the Biharis with their developed-Gujarat story by locking up the noisy young man, Hardik Patel. That did not help. Don’t know if the 5-inch-bhais have got a Plan C.

    • …and his manipulative twin brother who is 56 inch all over (except perhaps with the plumbing) had … Mr. Mangal

      Lol! What a befitting description – especially the reference to “plumbing”! 🙂

  2. Dear readers,

    Intellectuals,war veterans,writers, artist,film producers …… whole India is against Modi’s ‘Good governance’.

    Now in United Kingdom a swastika was projected with caption ‘Modi Not Welcome’ onto the Houses of Parliament on Remembrance Sunday in protest against the visit of Indian Prime Minister Modi to London this week.

    Fury as swastika projected on Houses of Parliament on Remembrance Sunday
    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/fury-swastika-projected-houses-parliament-6804402

    Is Mr Cameron would raise concerns about events in Gujarat in 2002 – including the murders of three Muslim British nationals during the riots?

    Ban on BBC documentary on ‘Nirbhaya’ rape which BJP politicised to overthrow Shiela Dixit government?

    A Human rights issues and in Kashmir signed by 40 legislators in the House of Parliament?

    Jai Hind

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