Ahmedabad, Apr 4 UNI | 4 months ago

BJP stalwart LK Advani will tomorrow file his nomination papers from Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat in the coming general election.

He will be accompanied by Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. Party Gujarat president RC Faldu, Gujarat incharge OM Mathur, Rajya Sabha MP Purshottam Rupala and other senior leaders are also likely to be present.

However, Ms Modi's presence with Advani during filing of the latter's nomination assumes significance, as reports of rift between the two leaders have come a number of times, starting from elevation of the Gujarat Chief Minister at the national level.

According to the BJP sources, Mr Advani was earlier reluctant to contest from Gandhinagar, from where he was elected to the Lok Sabha five times, fearing a possible 'sabotage' by 'team Modi' at the seat.

He had earlier expressed his wish to contest from Gandhinagar, but later demanded that the party field him for a safe Bhopal seat.

The former Deputy Prime Minister, accepted the party's decision of fielding him from Gandhinagar after Mr Modi and almost all the top BJP leaders and even the RSS persuaded him to contest from the seat.

The BJP leadership had maintained that if Mr Advani insists to contest from Bhopal, it will give an impression of rift within the party ahead of the general election.

Advani was first elected to the 9th Lok Sabha in 1989. In 1991, he was re-elected to 10th Lok Sabha, in 1998 12th Lok Sabha, 1999 13th Lok Sabha, in 2004 14th Lok Sabha and in 2009 15th Lok Sabha.

The state will go to a single phase polling on April 30, for 26 Lok Sabha seats. Last date for filing of nomination is April 9. Scrutiny of nominations will be done on April 10. Last date for withdrawal of candidature is April 12. Counting of votes will be held on May 16.

(Posted on 04-04-2014)