If LK Advani, the patriarch of the Bharatiya Janta Party, had any expectations of being treated like one, the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) has quelled any such thought.
RSS chief, Mohan Bhagwat, has asked the BJP to fall in line with 'popular expectations' making it clear that individual opinions cannot clash with a decision endorsed by it, according to an article in the Times of India.
The newspaper reported, that on Monday, after a meeting with Sangh organisations, Bhagwat was said to have indicated that the time for consultations on Modi’s suitability as a PM was past and that the BJP needed to gear up to meet “popular expectations”.
Veteran leader LK Advani and Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj have argued against a prime ministerial candidate being announced before the state elections due in November.
PTI reported that RSS general secretary Suresh ‘Bhaiyya ji’ Joshi had met Advani and Swaraj last week in a bid to convince them about Modi's candidature.
According to PTI sources, the BJP is expected to convene a meeting of the Parliamentary Board between 13 and 19 September to take a final call on the PM candidate issue.