News18 Daybreak | LK Advani Says BJP Critics Aren't 'Anti-National' in First Blog and Other Stories to Watch Out For

Apr 05, 2019, 03:20 AM

What to Watch Out For

Days after being dropped from Bharatiya Janata Party's list of Lok Sabha contenders, party veteran Lal Krishna Advani on Thursday wrote a blog titled ‘Nation First, Party Next, Self Last’, in which he emphasised that the saffron party advocates for freedom of choice and does not believe in branding people "anti-national" for their different political stand.

Advani’s views assume significance at a time when the BJP under Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah have made the issue of national security a key plank for the general elections and have often accused its political rivals of speaking the language of India's enemies like Pakistan.

Advani speaks: The party veteran in his blog wrote that the BJP right from its inception has never regarded those who disagreed with it as enemies but only political adversaries.

“Similarly, in our conception of Indian nationalism, we have never regarded those who disagree with us politically as 'anti-national',” he wrote in the blog.

The 91-year-old BJP leader was speaking out for the first time after the party announced the decision to field Amit Shah from Advani's traditional Gandhinagar seat.

"I take this opportunity to convey my most sincere gratitude to the people of Gandhinagar, who have elected me to the Lok Sabha six times since 1991. Their love and support has always overwhelmed me," Advani also said.

He said she said: Hours after BJP veteran LK Advani posted his blog, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted and said that the leader's views "perfectly sums up the true essence of BJP". PM Modi added that he was proud to have been associated with great leaders like Advani.

"Advani Ji perfectly sums up the true essence of BJP, most notably the guiding Mantra of ‘Nation First, Party Next, Self Last.’ Proud to be a BJP Karyakarta and proud that greats like LK Advani Ji have strengthened it," he wrote.

On the Rally Trail: Rahul Gandhi in Maharashtra, PM Modi in UP and Uttarakhand, Priyanka’s show of support in Ghaziabad and Mamata Banerjee in North East

It’s an action-packed Friday on the campaign front with Congress, BJP and Trinamool Congress taking out a slew of rallies.

· From the BJP camp, PM Modi will be heading to Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. He will address rallies in Amroha, Sahranpur and Dehradun. Meanwhile, Amit Shah will be addressing public meetings in Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Assam today.

· The Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee will also be in Assam’s Dhubri district following which she is expected to head to Naxalbari and Siliguri.

· Congress chief Rahul Gandhi will be addressing three rallies in Maharashtra starting from Pune where he will be interacting with students. The Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will be in Ghaziabad for in a show-of-support for the party’s candidate Dolly Sharma.

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