BJP veteran politician Lal Krishna Advani on 10 June 2013 resigned from all top positions of the party namely Parliamentary Board, National Executive and Election Committee. The decision of the party veteran came a day after Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was selected to head party’s election campaign at Goa on 9 June 2013 in the BJP national executive meet.
Advani handed over his one page letter of resignation to the Party President, Rajnath Singh. In his letter of resignation, the 85 year old veteran leader of BJP, Advani wrote that for some time, he was unable to reconcile with the current functioning of the party as well as the direction in which the party was heading. He also wrote that most of the leaders of the party are just concerned with their personal agendas. In his letter he also wrote that BJP was no longer the same idealistic party created by Shyama Prasad Mookerjee, Deendayal Upadhyaya, Nanaji Deshmukh and Vajpayee.
Earlier, Advani skipped the three-day national executive meet of the party at Goa citing health conditions. This was the first time, when Advani managed the stay away from the national executive meeting since the party came into existence.
He will continue to be the chairman of the BJP parliamentary party as well as the working chairman of NDA.
About LK Advani
• Born on 8 November 1927 at Karachi, LK Advani joined Rastriya Seayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in 1942
• In 1947, he became the organizer of RSS in Karachi
• In 1951, he joined Jana Sangh as the State Secretary of Rajasthan Unit
• In 1975, he was elected as the President of Jana Sangh
• In 1977, he joined Janata Party after the dissolution of Jana Sangh to fight the Lok Sabha Elections. He served as the Information and Broadcasting Minister in Janata Party Government
• In 1980, Advani with the previous members of Jana Sangh formed Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), after the issue of dual membership rocked the Janata Party in 1979
• From 1980 to 1986, he was the general secretary of BJP
• In 1986, he was appointed as the party President of BJP and was re-appointed to the same post in 1993 to 98 and 2004 to 2006
• In 1990, he concluded the Rath Yatra with a demand of Ram Temple at the site of Babri Masjid and projected himself as the mass-based hard line leader
• In 1991-93, he was appointed as the leader of opposition
• In 1995, his name came up in Hawala Scandal and he took himself away from active politics and not to contest elections till his name was not cleared. He fought the parliamentary election in 1998 after Delhi High Court gave him the clean chit on the issue of the scandal
• In 1996, he became the Home Minister of India during the 13-day government of NDA
• In 1998, he became the Home Minister again and held the post of Deputy Prime Minister from 2002 to 04
• In 2005: during his Pakistan visit, he declared Pakistan's founding father Mohammed Ali Jinnah as a secular leader and refused to pull back his statement as a result of which he was asked to quit
• In 2006 he resigned from the post of BJP Chief
• In 2009, he was the Prime Minister candidate in the Lok Sabha polls, but BJP suffered a loss and as a result he resigned from the post of leader of opposition
• From 2010-13, he has been serving the party as the Chairman of NDA and head of Parliamentary party of BJP