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Inside Track: Elders Rout(e)

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Following Sushma Swaraj’s announcement that she would not contest from Vidisha in the next Lok Sabha polls, there is speculation whether the BJP Margdarshak Mandal members, L K Advani, 91, Murli Manohar Joshi, 84, Shanta Kumar, 84, and Kalraj Mishra, 77, will contest. Recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spent half an hour with Advani on his birthday, but, according to sources, the two men barely spoke and Modi spent most of the time exchanging pleasantries with Advani’s family. Joshi is the chairperson of the Parliamentary Estimates Committee which recently embarrassed the government, questioning if any action was taken on an RBI report which listed corporate houses with huge non-performing assets. A major grievance of the Mandal is that in the Babri Masjid demolition matter Advani and Joshi have been slapped with the additional charge of conspiracy, which was not there under the Congress regime. The NDA government’s attorney general did not oppose it, adding the more serious criminal offence against the elderly party leaders.


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