NEW DELHI: Veteran Indian opposition leader Lal Krishna Advani resigned on Monday, a day after his party chose hardliner Narendra Modi to lead next year's election campaign, a source in his office told AFP.

Advani, the 85-year-old stalwart of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and a former deputy prime minister, resigned from all his positions within the party, the source said.

“He has submitted his resignation letter to the party chief,” the source said on condition of anonymity. The Press Trust of India reported that Advani, the BJP's prime ministerial candidate during the 2009 general elections, quit the party due to differences over its direction.

“Most BJP leaders are concerned just with their personal agendas,” the news agency quoted Advani's resignation letter as saying.

The comment is an apparent criticism of Modi, who was chosen by the Hindu nationalist party Sunday to head its campaign for national elections due by next May.

Advani did not attend the meeting of the BJP's national executive in an apparent protest over Modi's elevation, although the official reason given was illness.

Advani, who mentored Modi and defended him against criticism that he failed to stop deadly anti-Muslim riots in 2002, is now opposed to the 62-year-old's rise, according to media reports.

His resignation highlights the difficult road ahead for Modi, a hardline Hindu nationalist, who will need to win the backing of other senior BJP members as well as the party's regional coalition partners before he can lay claim to the prime ministerial candidacy.

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indian muslim
June 10, 2013 4:53 pm

as you sow so shall you reap

June 10, 2013 5:58 pm

He is 85 about time he resigned

Ananta Pilaka
June 10, 2013 5:56 pm

Can Mr. L K Advani propose himself or a different Candidate to contest Modi? In either case a successor can be elected by votes instead of running away from reality.

BJP never thought about developing a successor to lead rather every one tried to be a Bhishma Pita to lead all through.

Can we not learn from Chinese Communist Party? How smooth is the transitions in such a vast economic and military super power.

Rath yatra, Pad Yatra ..! why are they for?

June 10, 2013 6:56 pm

WHo cares about the BJP anyways. ALl their leaders are corrupt, got blood on their hands and are hate mongerers.

June 10, 2013 10:37 pm

Indian working with us very happy because of Mr. Advani resignation. As per them Mr. Advani is not pure Indian, he is Mahjir from Pakistan.

June 10, 2013 10:37 pm

@muqri it is saying if you help somebody there fear his bad retaliation.

June 11, 2013 12:22 am

We want Modi ji..

indian muslim
June 11, 2013 2:22 am

@"to those who disliked": BJP always put forth a candidate who has direct or indirect involvement in communal hatred promulgation, with the exception of Vajpayee. Is this what Hindutva stands for. Is Hindutva the synonym of rioting. List of Hindutva demagogues LK Advani(PM candidate 2009) - 1992 riots Uma Bharti MP CM candidate -2003 -Ram Mandir and 92 riots. Modi probable PM candidate 2014- Gujarat riots. Late Bal Thavkeray (BJP-ShivSena) 1995 government remote control- Bombay riots.

Does Hindutva has the sole meaning of disparaging non Hindus.Well, BJP has made it appear so.

Swami Vivekanada was a true proponent of Hindutva. Rest these BJP Hindutva demagogues are nothing but power hungry selfish politicians.

G Din
June 11, 2013 5:59 pm

Good riddance!

Indian is my religion
June 12, 2013 10:15 am

@indian muslim: Dear Indian, Do not consider BJP as a reflection Hindus. If it was so the 80% Hindu population of India would have elected them since independance. Now just think in a secular way. Why you keep your eyes blind towards riots happened and even recently in other parts of the country. These places were under the so called secular congress party. As far NaMo during his past 11 years of ruling, no riots has been reported. And we see Gujrat has developed in a wonderful way.

June 12, 2013 5:01 pm

@indian muslim: Its in the interests of every Hindu to see to that Hinduism is NOT obliterated from the very soil of its own origin. Finally what we are left with is present India map. Its the duty of every India to see that the oldest religion survives as it has managed to do under the invaders like Moghuls and the British. I wonder whether this comment of mine will be published, but i see no harm in BJP protecting the interests of the majority because India is pretty much alone in this world, we belong neither to the 'Arab' class like Pakistan proclaims nor do we belong to the westernized group like the christian south American for instance. Nepal, the only Hindu state is gone communist since. Secular minded muslims of India must try to limit their family size to 1 or 2 kids first the way Hindu citizens are doing. None can love India the way BJP can, none can stay loyal to India the way BJP can. Passive Hindus have to someday take cudgels to counter the increasingly growing alien faith in our soil like Islam and Christianity. There is nothing strange about wanting one's desi beliefs and culture to flourish. Muslims and Christians can co-exist in India, but please stop trying to OUTNUMBER US HINDUS first with your exploding populations. Remember you are converts basically and respect the ancient faith your ancestors embraced.

June 13, 2013 1:15 am

We Indians don't need any certificate from Pakistanis or any other muslim. India got divided based on religion. Muslims got Pakistan and so muslims have got no right to stay in India. This makes even more sense as the concept of secularism is not halal in Islam...Moreover, when muslims demanded Pakistan, their argument was We muslims can't live with Hindus in India. Based on this argument, they got Pakistan. Muslims should be thankful to Hindus for letting them live in India with equal rights. Muslims are enjoying all the facilities in India even after getting Pakistan. Regarding secularism of India and Hindus, let me tell one thing - so muslims invaders came to our land and Hindus did not attack on other's land. They destroyed our temples and built mosques on top of them. Babri Masjid was one such thing. We did not destroy Babri Masjid. We claimed what was right fully ours. Take all your remaining muslim brothers in Pakistan, take all your mosques and religious institutions with you...India is much better with you..we will still be secular but we will be non muslim secular - Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Parsi, Jain, Buddhists living in harmony and non muslim secular India.

June 13, 2013 1:19 am

@indian muslim: You have taken Pakistan. If you don't like Hindus and India, you can very well go there and live there. Hindus are good with every other Minority. Muslims feel that they are different and that's the reason they created Pakistan. Go and Live in Pakistan. That is your motherland. You can do whatever you want there. You have no right to comment on India and Hindus.

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