Beginning from LK Advani to Murli Manohar Joshi, Sushma Swaraj to Nitin Gadkari -- many senior leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had expressed disappointment over party's decision on Modi. However, months after the crucial decisions, it seems that Modi has finally won the hearts of those leaders. Advani, Joshi, Swaraj and Gadkari now have been campaigning and supporting the Gujarat CM who is all set to become the next prime minister of India.
As per the latest buzz, Modi is likely to win the Lok Sabha Election. The results of the election are scheduled to announced on May 16. The last 9th phase of polling has been held in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal on Monday, May 12. Varanasi, from where Modi has been contesting against AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal and Congress leader Ajay Rai, was one among the most crucial places which went to the poll on Monday.
Let's have a look at Modi's journey from Gujarat Chief Minister to BJP's Prime Ministerial Candidate in last one and half year:
Nitin Gadkari: Former President of BJP -- Nitin Gadkari was compelled to resign from his post following corruption allegations which were hurled against him. While BJP was going through the tough phase, one of Gadkari supporters -- MG Vaidya accused Modi of running the anti-Gadkari campaigning. It was reported that Gadkari, as the president of the party, was not in favour of projecting Modi as the PM candidate of BJP.
Vaidya, in his blog, had written, "Ram Jethmalani (senior advocate and suspended BJP leader) in one breath said he is seeking the resignation of Gadkari and that he also wanted to see Narendra Modi as PM in 2014. I only said that the needle of suspicion points towards Modi. Narendra Modi might have felt that Gadkari as the BJP president will hamper his chances of becoming the Prime Minster."
However, later reports of Gadkari-Modi rift was proved to be a mere rumour and speculation as both the leaders were seen supporting each other. Gadkari, even after resigning as BJP president, has been preached for the prime ministerial candidate of BJP.
LK Advani: The veteran leader of the party had resigned from all crucial party posts following Modi's elevation as chief of party election committee for the upcoming general elections. However, later he had withdrawn his resignation after being convinced by RSS.
In one letter to the present BJP President Rajnath Singh, Advani wrote, "When you came to meet me this afternoon to inform me of the Parliamentary Board meeting I had expressed my pain and had expressed my disappointment on your manner on functioning."
Later, Advani once again had expressed his disappointment with Modi and other BJP leaders when he was forced to contest from Gandhinagar, Gujarat and not from Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, the place from where he had wished to contest the poll.
Modi was believed to have insisted on Advani contesting again from Gandhinagar lest a message goes that all is not well in the party. Advani has represented Gandhinagar in Lok Sabha for five times.
However, both Advani and Modi dissolved their differences later and the former came in the open to support the latter. Even the duo had shared the dais during BJP's biggest poll campaigning in Madhya Pradesh in 2013.
Murli Manohar Joshi: The senior leader had rejected reports which had asserted that the nation has been gripped by Modi-wave. Rather, he had claimed that it was BJP-wave which rocked the country. Murli Manohar Joshi has been replaced by Modi in Varanasi from where the former had won the election in 2009.
However, Joshi too overruled reports of discontentment with Modi over vacating Varansi and shifting to Kanpur. Denying all reports about rift between him and Modi, Joshi said, "There is a wave for the formation of a BJP-led government which will be formed on the basis of a thumping majority. The issue today is about a strong leadership and a strong government on which Modi matches up to expectations."