Uma Bharti hails Advani after SC verdict on Ayodhya

Senior BJP leader Uma Bharti leaves after meeting party veteran LK Advani at his residence, in New Delhi, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. (PTI Photo)

Soon after the Supreme Court order on Ayodhya dispute was out, the old guards in the BJP vied with each other in giving credit to the party patriarch L K Advani (92), who has off late kept himself off from active politics.

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While former Union Minister hailing the judgement that is bound to benefit the BJP politically insisted that it was due to Advani that BJP could reach this position (Unhin Ke kaaran aaj Bhajpa is mukaam par hai), former RSS ideologue K N Govindacharya, a key figure in the Ram Janmabhoomi movement, gave the “highest credit” for the Ram temple movement reaching this state to Advani and former international Vice President of Vishwa Hindu Parishad Ashok Singhal.

Uma Bharti drove to the residence of Advani to greet him “in whose leadership all of us had sacrificed our everything for this great work.” She also promised to follow the path shown by Advani.

While Advani along with some other party veterans including Murli Manohar Joshi was put in a Margdarshak Mandal immediately after Narendra Modi-led BJP government came to power in 2014, Bharti did not contest the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

Former RSS Pracharak Govindacharya quit the BJP as its general secretary in 2003. Both Bharti and Govindacharya had played a key role in the Ayodhya movement.

“Advani is that personality of Indian politics who had kicked up a debate in Indian politics over the issue of pseudo-secularism versus nationalism. The Ayodhya movement forward because of the deepening of that debate. Advani was the first leader (pahle neta) in the Indian politics, who had shaken the strength of pseudo-secularism. BJP is at this stage only because of him. Rising over caste and class divide people voted backed Modi ji,” she said after meeting Advani at his residence here.

Bharti also showered encomiums at Singhal, numerous people from Sant Samaj and various institutions that who toiled for years for this cause.

Govindhacharya, one of the key strategists, who planned Advani’s famous Ram Rath Yatra in 1990, gave the highest credit to Advani and Singhal for “leadership of the movement” and expressed confidence that in three months from now a plan will be made for constructing the temple.

On November 8 this year when Advani turned 92, a host of BJP leaders including none other than Prime Minister Narendra Modi had visited him. Vice President M Venakaih Naidu, BJP President and Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP Working President JP Nadda had also gone to greet Advani.

Hailing Advani, Modi had called him “scholar, statesman and one of the most respected leaders” who at once compromised on the core ideology”.

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