Shekhawat calls on Vajpayee

January 16th, 2009 - 12:08 am ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata PartyNew Delhi, Jan 15 (IANS) Former vice president Bhairon Singh Shekhawat Thursday evening met Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) senior leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee, days after creating a flutter in the party by declaring he will contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Sources close to Shekhawat, who is a veteran political leader from Rajasthan and was with the BJP before becoming the vice president of India, confirmed that he met the former prime minister. But details of what transpired at the meeting were not known.

Shekhawat, 86, put the BJP into a tizzy after his announcement to contest the elections, which many believe is a challenge to the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate L.K. Advani.

The former vice president also queered the pitch for the party when he said he was the seniormost leader of BJP. “I am 86, Vajpayee is 83 and Advani 81″ — he has repeated this sentence several times.

Meanwhile, former BJP leader from Madhya Pradesh Uma Bharti and her mentor K. Govindacharya called on Shekhawat, but sources claimed it was a courtesy call.

Bharti, considered to be a firebrand leader, was expelled from the BJP before she set up her own Bharatiya Janshakti Party. Govindacharya also quit the BJP.

In a separate development, BJP president Rajnath Singh met Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) chief K.S. Sudarshan at the Sangh’s headquarters in Delhi’s Jhandewalan area.

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