New Delhi,Amita Shah(DNA): As the BJP conclave began here on Thursday, the buzz was around whether the party's senior leader LK Advani will address the national executive meet or not. Since the Modi government came to power in May, 2014, Advani has been present in Parliament everyday and has attended several party meetings. But, he has mostly remained silent. Advani, according to sources, is not inclined to make a speech at the national executive either.
At the national council meeting in Delhi in August last year. Advani did speak but he made it clear that it was because party president Amit Shah had asked him to do so even if it was for a short time. A similar scenario cannot be ruled out this time. If the party insists, he may just agree to say a few words.
As long as Atal Bihari Vajpayee was prime minister, he used to make the valedictory address just after Advani's speech at the meet. After Vajpayee retired from public life, it was always Advani who made the valedictory address at the national executive meetings of the party. However, as Prime Minister, it would be Narendra Modi who would now make the valedictory speech.
Advani, as a senior member of the national executive, can participate in discussions on the party resolutions during the two-day executive.
At the first press conference held here ahead of the national executive meet, a dozen questions were asked about Advani's participation. However, the party remained evasive, deepening the speculation. The decision, according to sources, was left to Advani.
"All the marg darshaks give guidance to the party… We have all evolved under their shadow," said party spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain when asked about whether Advani would be making a speech at the conclave.
The only occasion when Advani did not speak was the party's Goa national council in June, 2013, when Modi was declared the chairman of the BJP's campaign committee. Advani had skipped the meet.
Course of the meeting
A resolution on foreign policy, which would focus on how the Modi government has brought about a change in the dynamics of relations with countries, will be taken up on Friday. The political resolution to be adopted on Saturday, when the meet concludes, is likely to address the land acquisition bill on which the party is trying to counter the Opposition campaign dubbing it as anti-farmer. The party is planning to come out with a ready reckoner on the bill, which will be one of the focus area of the meet