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Gadkari meets Advani, wishes him happy birthday

November 08, 2012 11:37 IST

Beleaguered Bharatiya Janata Party president Nitin Gadkari on Thursday met party senior party leader L K Advani, who is apparently unhappy over the party chief's continuance in his post, to wish him on his birthday.

Gadkari met Advani at his residence. The meeting between the two lasted for 15 minutes.

Delhi BJP leader Vijay Jolly, who was present on the occasion, said, "The atmosphere was very cordial when Gadkari met Advani. Gadkari touched Advani's feet and sought his blessings".

The meeting comes against the backdrop of divisions within the BJP over the continuance of Gadkari as its president even as its core group on Tuesday yet again stood behind him, insisting that there was "no legal or moral wrongdoing" by him in the running of his company.

Advani had kept away from the meetings of the party's top brass as he was apparently unhappy over Gadkari's continuance in the post.

Gadkari has been under attack from various quarters after media reports revealed the alleged dubious funding of a company run by him. He has refused to quit as BJP chief, maintaining that he has already offered to undergo any probe on the issue.

Meanwhile, party workers gathered at Advani's residence to greet him on his 85th birthday.

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