New Delhi: LK Advani, who pitchforked BJP close to portals of power at the Centre in early 1990s, was on Friday elected to the newly-created post of chairman of the party’s parliamentary party in the first step towards a generational change in the organizational hierarchy.
82-year-old Advani was chosen at a meeting of party MPs, which amended the Constitution of the BJP parliamentary
party to create the post, paving the way for Sushma Swaraj. As she was appointed as the next Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha.
Advani, who was given the power to appoint leaders of the party in both the Houses of Parliament named Swaraj (57) to the post he held till now. She represents the younger face of the party in the top hierarchy in accordance with RSS plans of party reins being given to younger leaders.
Rajnath Singh (58) is expected to step down as party president on Saturday to make way for 52-year-old Nitin Gadkari as the party head.
The elevation of Advani in the parliamentary party marks an end of the era in the BJP which was brought to the position of the main Opposition in 1989 by Advani with his strident Hindutva plank, capped by the Rath Yatra from Somnath to Ayodhya.