Advani steps down

The curtain came down on L K Advani’s tenure as Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha on Friday evening. And while he made way for Sushma Swaraj, the 82-year-old veteran BJP leader said he saw a new chapter opening in his political career. After a meeting of BJP parliamentary party amended its constitution, Advani was elected chairman, a post that has been created for him. The assembled party MPs then elected Swaraj as leader of the party in LS, the first woman to hold the post in BJP. The next act in the generational change will be played out on Saturday when Rajnath Singh steps down as BJP president and Maharashtra unit chief Nitin Gadkari takes charge.

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