His last fast saw the BJP pantheon descend to support him, but this time the party is furious. Narendra Modi has said no to attending the two-day BJP national executive meet that began in New Delhi today and has cited the Navaratras as a reason. Is this the fact?
Mr Modi's supporters say he is not attending the big BJP meet as he fasts during the nine-day festival and does not travel outside Gujarat. The real reason is believed to be his differences with party patriarch LK Advani.
Mr Advani will set out on his yatra against corruption in October and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of ally JD(U) will flag it off. He had earlier planned to begin his yatra from Gujarat, as he had done in the past, but his one-time protege, Mr Modi reportedly refused to allow that. Mr Modi and Mr Nitish Kumar are political rivals and do not enjoy the best of terms.
A discussion on Mr Advani's yatra is key on the agenda of the big BJP meeting and the party sees Mr Modi's absence as a snub to his former mentor. ...more