New Delhi, Jun 7: As the old adage goes – there are no permanent friends or foes in politics. Today when the entire rank and file of the BJP is clamouring for declaring Narendra Modi as NDA's PM candidate in 2014 elections, the party's tallest leader L K Advani is sulking. Advani has decided to skip the inauguration of BJP conclave at Goa because he is not in favour of Modi's elevation as the commander of 2014 battle.
Flashback to 2002: 11 years ago, at the same place in Goa, it was the very same Advani who had come to the defence of Modi who had decided to resign as Gujarat CM bowing to the immense pressure in the aftermath of Gujarat riots. The then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee wanted Modi to go because in his opinion, Modi had failed to follow the ‘Rajdharma'.
Advani who was seen as the mentor of Modi put his foot down at that time. The then Home Minister successfully scuttled the move to remove Modi as Gujarat CM.
Today the very same Advani is not comfortable with the elevation of Modi and has made his displeasure public on several occasions. Recently, he rated the performance of MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan better than that of Modi.