Advani Withdraws BJP Resignation Threat Healing Party Rift

Lal Krishna Advani, a senior leader of India’s main opposition party, has withdrawn his resignation from key positions healing a rift that threatened to damage the party’s fortunes ahead of next year’s elections.

Advani changed his mind after leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party told him that his concerns about its functioning would be addressed, the party’s president Rajnath Singh said at press conference today.

Advani offered to resign yesterday, a day after Narendra Modi, the chief minister of Gujarat, was appointed to lead the party’s election campaign. While not directly mentioning Modi’s appointment as the trigger for stepping down, Advani said he no longer agreed with the direction of the party, which he said had become a vehicle for personal agendas.

Advani was home minister and deputy prime minister in Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s government. Ahead of the 2009 elections, the BJP projected Advani as its pick for premier. When questioned about his political ambitions in recent months, Advani refused to rule himself out as a contender for the country’s top government office.

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