Gandhinagar :  The morning sun made for warmth cutting through the winter chill as BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and party patriarch L K Advani came together at the inauguration of the new, swanky state headquarters here on Monday.

Located midway between Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar, the sprawling spread saw the two in a midway exchange of prosaic pleasantries and effusive praise on the dais. Advani, speaking on the occasion rated Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s prime ministerial tenure as the best governance in India so far, but said that “The country is poised for even a better rule in the days to come, adding that, the country was in the grip of a Modi wave today.”

“There is a wave sweeping the country ever since Modi has been named the party candidate”, he said adding that, the BJP would come to power riding atop the issues of price rise, governance and corruption. “There is no way, it will come back to power in 2014.”

The Gujarat CM though not as effusive was seen making reverential gestures signalling that the chill between the onetime protégé and the patriarch may have thawed. “I am grateful to Advaniji for finding time to come here despite the Parliament being in session”, Modi said.

The party cadres, in the meantime had coined their own slogan – Har har Modi, ghar, ghar Modi”.

Modi asserted that the Congress is set to walk into the sunset this election and will remain out for a long time to come. “This election will decide India’s future and destiny. We fight for the hope and aspirations of the people (asha aur arman). The Congress party will never come back to power till 2025.”

Advani pointed out that in 2002 the post Godhra incident, all out efforts were made by pseudo-secularist forces to delay the election saying that Modi would use the Godhra issue but we fought the election on the issue of development and won convincingly. In 2007, the Congress continued to harp on Godhra, while we talked of progress and development again stole the day. “As for now, I cannot but thank the Congress for making our task easier for the 2014 elections”, he added.

Modi’s sadhbhavana fast in September 2011 which was interpreted as a symbolic move for prime ministerial sweepstakes at just around the time that Advani was planning his Bharat Yatra had led to a cooling off between the two leading to a chain of events that saw Advani resigning but pulling back later. Subsequently, Modi was confirmed as the party’s PM candidate.

Advani is the Lok Sabha MP from Gandhinagar and has made known that he plans to stand for re-election from his old constituency though speculation has been rife that he may shift to a seat in MP. But for today, Advani had high praise for Modi.

R K MISRA

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