Advani to skip BJP's crucial meeting in Goa today, cites poor health

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BJP patriarch LK Advani will skip the party office-bearers' meet called today to chart out the agenda for party's national executive meet starting in Goa tomorrow.

His aides claim that he is indisposed to travel today and indicated that he may travel tomorrow to participate in the national executive.

However, his absence is seen as an attempt by the party veteran to register his objections to party chief's attempt to disregard his suggestion for a separate election management committee for elections.

Advani, as reported by the Indian Express, had consented to Modi's appointment as party's campaign committee chief but insisted a separate election management committee along side.

Rajnath, however, was learnt to be against the idea of election management committee and was planning to announce Modi led committee alone.

Advani's absence may now put pressure on Singh to revisit his plan as he goes to chair office bearers meeting in Goa today.

Advani's excuse to not attend the meeting comes in the backdrop of his loyalist Uma Bharti's announcement to skip the meet ostensibly on health grounds.

Uma had earlier taken an indirect dig at Modi saying that popularity can not be the lone yardstick of party's prime ministerial candidate. 

Her remarks few week back was seen as an attempt to stress the importance of acceptability criteria for party's prime ministerial candidate.  Incidentally, Modi remains unacceptable to BJP's alliance partner JDU as NDA's prime ministerial candidate.

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