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Advani turns events upside down.

INSTEAD of the art of war, we are now witnessing the fog of war. The BJP's inner party machinations are quite comical.

What should have been a triumph for NaMo as he ascended the campaign committee throne has turned out to be a sulk melodrama by the old fox L K Advani. The old fox's satyagraha movement, read insurrection has caused widespread consternation in the party with a difference.

Advaniji may have quit from all his posts but he remains the NDA Bhishmapitama, the chairperson.

Let us not ignore the fact that Advaniji is the grandmaster, the undisputed architect of the modern day BJP. His rath yatra which has acquired wrath yatra proportions took the party to the zenith of power. As the grand old man of the BJP, one who has outlasted his ideological buddy Atal Bihari Vajpayee, he probably feels he has underachieved and feels let down by his mates within the party. His ponderous sulks are well known -- as home minister, he was made deputy prime minister in the NDA Government.

His Jinnah remark alienated him from the Sangh and though he has never officially apologised, it became the single biggest deterrent to his prospects as PM. There comes a time in everyone's life when either he has to move on or time passes him by. Advaniji stands at that precise point in time. Wily and shrewd, he showed that he hadn't lost his sting when he tripped Nitin Gadkari literally at the altar. In trying to reprise that in Goa, Advaniji's master gambit was scuppered by an itinerant Sangh in conjunction with Rajnath. Everyone wants power, everyone hankers for it. The Sangh and BJP, Advaniji and Modi sense that they are on the cusp. Advaniji may have miscalculated this time. And he has ended up cutting a sorry and sad figure.

Just when Modi's backers were celebrating his elevation the patriarch has gone into a sulk leaving partymen at a loss

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Date:Jun 11, 2013

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