Back to Rajnath
- Justice K T Thomas quits as head of Lokpal search panel
- Sharing stage with Paswan, Modi attacks Nitish Kumar
- India's vote on UN resolution against Sri Lanka over war crimes to depend on draft text
- Supreme Court directs Centre, states to stop discrimination against HIV+ kids
- Judge among 11 dead in Pakistan court in alleged suicide attack
By all accounts, through all the curtained drama that preceded the election of the BJP president on Wednesday, Advani had outlined his resistance to Gadkari's re-election on two fundamental counts: because there are serious corruption charges against him, and because he represents the RSS's micro-management, as distinct from guidance, of the BJP. For these reasons, Advani had become, and was seen to be, the rallying point for the opposition to Gadkari in the BJP. Arguably, on both counts, Advani has fairly impressive credentials. He famously resigned from the 10th Lok Sabha after being charged by the CBI in the hawala case, vowing not to fight another election till he was absolved of the charges; having revised the line on Jinnah during his trip to Pakistan in 2005, he refused to buckle under the RSS reaction at home, even preferring to step down as party president.