Advani, Modi share stage at Bhopal rally

NEW DELHI (TIP): It was the moment the BJP and its political mentor RSS had been waiting for to silence adversaries and sceptics. The show of strength at Bhopal finally saw party patriarch LK Advani and PM candidate Narendra Modi coming together publicly, giving the party the wow moment it had been looking for ever since the tumultuous Goa conclave. This was the first time Modi and Advani shared the dais since the Gujarat Chief Minister’s declaration as the party’s PM candidate.While the presence of senior leaders such as Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj, M Venkaiah Naidu, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti presented to the BJP its picture perfect moment, the rally also put a lid over speculations of acrimony between Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his Gujarat counterpart over the top post. Organised to commemorate the birth anniversary of Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya, founding member of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, the ‘Karyakarta Mahakumbh’ also marked the culmination of Chouhan’s ‘Jan Ashirwad Yatra’ that covered majority of the 230 Assembly constituencies in the election-bound state. All leaders extolled Modi and Chouhan, who in turn praised each other. Advani made a special mention of Modi, addressing him as Narendra bhai. “The man who the party has chosen as PM candidate, Narendra Bhai, is also here,” he said to the cheering crowd. Advani also presented bouquets to both Modi and Chouhan.

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