L K Advani & MM Joshi out of BJP’s top panels.

L K Advani & MM Joshi out of BJP’s top panels.

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The BJP leadership on Tuesday purged L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi from the party’s top decision-making bodies — the parliamentary board and the central election committee — formally completing their marginalization and the shift of power to a younger generation. 

Advani and Joshi, who were permanent fixtures on the two panels, have been kicked upstairs and accommodated in a newly created body called ‘Margdarshak Mandal’. Neither the lofty nomenclature nor the fact that they have former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee as well as the incumbent Narendra Modi, party chief Amit Shah and his predecessor and home minister Rajnath Singh for company could mask the stark diminution of Advani and Joshi. 

Unlike Vajpayee who has been bed-ridden for many years, Advani and Joshi have been active players who had set their sights on bigger objectives before the groundswell for Modi among the cadre swept them aside. 

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