The Shiv Sena has expressed its unhappiness at the way BJP patriarch L K Advani was replaced by party president Amit Shah to represent Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat in the forthcoming polls . It said that L K Advani would remain the “tallest leader” of the BJP irrespective of his poll presence.
In an editorial in the party mouthpiece “Saamana”, the Sena said Shah contesting in place of Advani is politically translated as the ‘Bhishmacharya’ of Indian politics being “forced” to retire.
“Lal Krishna Advani is known as the ‘Bhishmacharya’ of Indian politics, but his name does not feature in the list of BJP’s candidates for Lok Sabha polls, which is not surprising,” the edit said.
The Sena said the development underlined that the BJP’s Advani era has come to an end.
“Advani has been elected from Gujarat’s Gandhinagar constituency six times. Now, Amit Shah will be contesting from that seat. This simply means Advani has been forced to retire,” the editorial said.