New Delhi: party patriarch L K Advani lauded the Gujarat Chief Minister publicly for development in his state. Addressing a public rally in Chhattisgarh, Advani said that Modi was the first leader to work for rural areas and he has done a lot of development in Gujarat. “Modi ensured that power reached all town and villages in Gujarat. Now, the Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh is doing the same,” Advani said. The development assumes significance since the appointment of Modi as BJP is prime ministerial candidate had left Advani upset.
Parliamentary Board had on Friday last anointed Modi as the Prime Ministerial candidate for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. Advani did not attend the meeting and his absence was a clear indication that the veteran leader was not happy with the decision. Irked over Modi is elevation, Advani had written a scathing letter to BJP president Rajnath Singh expressing disappointment over his style of functioning. Soon after his anointment, Modi had visited Advani and spent around 30 minutes with him. This was after Advani had written to Singh. Interestingly, though Advani wrote the letter in the wake of Modi is elevation as PM candidate, he attacked Rajnath Singh and chose not to mention the Gujarat Chief Minister.