BJP Chief Amit Shah Meets Lal Krishna Advani To Seek His ‘Blessings’

, 12:03 AM IST

NEW DELHI: Hours after being elected unanimously as BJP president, Amit Shah tonight met Lal Krishna Advani to seek “blessings” of the party veteran who, along with Murli Manohar Joshi, was conspicuous by his absence at the party headquarters during the poll result celebrations.

He will be meeting Mr Joshi on Tuesday, after his return from West Bengal where he will be on a day-long visit tomorrow, party sources said.

Mr Shah met Mr Advani at the latter’s residence as he begins his new term, a party source said.

He will also meet ailing party leader and former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Tuesday, sources said.

Mr Advani and Mr Joshi, who have been critical of Mr Shah’s leadership, were conspicuous by their absence at the party headquarters in New Delhi today when the entire party leadership was celebrating the BJP chief’s re-election.

They have been upset ever since they were made members of ‘Margdarshak Mandal’, which is seen by many as an indication that they have been rendered irrelevant in the party’s affairs.