Sushma Likely to Replace Advani as Leader of Opposition in LS

Sushma Swaraj is likely to replace senior BJP leader LK Advani as Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha in a day or two, said reports.

While Nitin Gadkari will take over as the new BJP President, LK Advani will play the role of friend-philospher-guide to the party and the RSS is believed to have asked him to mentor the new party leadership.

According to reports, a change in the BJP Parliamentary Party in Lok Sabha could come as early as Friday. The party has called a meeting of its Parliamentary Party at 5.30 pm when Advani will address the party MPs.

The MPs are also likely to amend the party constitution and create a new post of BJP Parliamentary Party chairman which will go to Advani.

After passing on the baton, Advani, 82, is expected to play a role similar to one played by Atal Bihari Vajpayee in the 14th Lok Sabha. At a later stage, Advani could also be made NDA chairperson. Reports said that Advani would continue to actively nurse his Gandhinagar constituency.

Earlier this week, Advani had showered fulsome praise on Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley for “making the BJP an effective Opposition in both Houses of Parliament for the second successive session”.

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