NEW DELHI: BJP president Amit Shah reached upset party veteran Murli Manohar Joshi's home in Delhi today, hours after the party's big manifesto launch for the national election starting Thursday. Both Murli Manohar Joshi and LK Advani have been extremely unhappy about the way they were elbowed out of the election battle this year.
The meeting was aimed at bringing the veterans back on board at a time the opposition has attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit shah for benching "their gurus".
LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi are founder members of the BJP.
Last month, Mr Advani, 91, was told that Amit Shah would contest from Gandhinagar in Gujarat, a seat the BJP patriarch has held for six terms. Mr Joshi sent out a public message to his constituency Kanpur last month that he had been told by the party he would not contest from Kanpur or anywhere in the election.
Mr Advani didn't go public for weeks but delivered his message in a blog last week. In the post reminding the BJP of democratic principles, he wrote that the party never considered its critics as "anti-nationals". The opposition seized the comments as a direct jab at PM Modi and Amit Shah, who have been accusing rivals during their campaign of "speaking Pakistan's language".