The great stalwart of BJP L.K. Advani, as it is visible on the surface, appears to have been ignored by the new power centre in the party and the government. Obviously he might be feeling slighted. He is one of those who brought the BJP to Himalayan heights and his contributions to the party and also the Nation in a way are immense and immeasurable. He is the one who deserves recognition beyond a mere lip sympathy. Though in later eighties, only rarest of the rare can match his stamina and capacity to work. The way he had to vacate his seat next to the Prime Minister in Parliament just the other day and reconcile to sitting by the side of the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj like several others only undermines his status and stature. He had also to vacate the office he was till now occupying as Chairman, NDA. Possibly it is Narendra Modi, himself the Prime Minister, to occupy this office like his mentor Atal Bihari Vajpai did when he was the Prime Minister. The argument behind this pattern is that when there are two power centres it hampers the functional efficiency with the requisite compatibility, hence the need for Prime Minister himself to occupy the office of NDA as its head. This may mean the other way round too. One who occupies the two offices of importance simultaneously there is every chance that he develops a tendency to monopolise the power and authority which goes detrimental to public interest. There is, however, still no dearth of an office to befit the status and stature of L.K. Advani; if it is there, a new one can be very well created if necessary will is there to extend to him the recognition he very much deserves.
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