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'Advani missing' posters emerge in Gandhinagar

PTI 14 Apr 2015, 21:07:20 PM IST

Ahmedabad: Posters saying that BJP leader L K Advani was "missing", appeared in his Lok Sabha constituency Gandhinagar.

Similar posters, taking a dig at Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, had recently appeared in Amethi, his constituency in Uttar Pradesh.

The posters, pasted on electricity poles, bore the name of Aam Aadmi Party.
However, AAP denied that it had put up the posters.

Convener of Gujarat unit of AAP, Sukhdev Patel, said that anti-Advani camp within BJP could be behind the prank.

The posters say in Hindi: "MP from Gandhinagar L K Advani is missing for the last few years. We all residents of Gandhinagar have never seen him in the city. We all want to meet him and tell him about our problems. If any one of you find him in Gandhinagar, please inform us...Regards.. AAP-Gandhinagar."

"Our volunteers in Gandhinagar learnt about these posters only after media drew our attention to them. AAP is not involved in such acts. It is not our way of working. It can be the work of BJP dissidents, who can not express their unhappiness on the party forum," Patel said.

It may be noted that when Narendra Modi was made chief of the campaign committee of BJP before the 2014 elections, Advani had resisted the move. Later, the veteran leader had expressed the wish to switch the constituency, shifting to somewhere in Madhya Pradesh.

Adavni has been elected to the Lok Sabha from Gandhinagar six times.

BJP leaders denied that anyone from the party could be behind the posters.

"Advani was never out of touch with the people of his constituency. He was here a few weeks ago to review the works of district development agency. He also went to a village in Sanand which he has adopted. A few months ago he was here to inaugurate a water supply facility," said state BJP's media convener Harshad Patel.

"Since AAP is non-existent in Gujarat, it appears that these posters were pasted by some mischievous elements who wanted to grab attention," he added.