Murli Manohar Joshi Writes To Poll Body, Over "Fake" Letter To LK Advani

Murli Manohar Joshi Writes To Poll Body, Over "Fake" Letter To LK Advani

Murli Manohar Joshi Writes To Poll Body, Over "Fake" Letter To LK Advani (file image)

New Delhi: The veteran leaders of the BJP, Murli Manohar Joshi has complained about what he alleges is a fake letter to LK Advani circulating in his name. Mr Joshi wrote to EC, "I have not sent any such letter to Advani-ji," and urged it to investigate how it surfaced on social media.

As per the two-page "fake" letter, Mr Joshi said that the BJP could get only 120 seats in the ongoing Lok Sabha election and only 8-10 of the 91 seats that voted in the first round on April 11.

The fake letter which is going viral was "written" on what appears to be the official letterhead of the BJP veteran has been circulating on WhatsApp and Twitter with an ANI watermark.

It also has Mr Joshi saying he had been approached by the Samajwadi Party and the BSP to contest the election but he could not bring himself to leave his "home", read the BJP, even though "our own family members have thrown us out".

The two veteran leaders of the BJP were informed by the party that they would not be fielded from their seats in this election, a clear signal that it is the end of the road for these founder members of the Bhartiya Janata Party and top ministers in the previous BJP-led governments of Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

The letter dated April 11 suggests that Mr Joshi is telling Mr Advani their silence on the attack on core values of the democracy  is a betrayal of the people of the country.

"In the previous meeting you silenced me. In the next I will silence you, but isn't our silence a betrayal," it says.

Mr Joshi "writes" that his daughter urged him to write to Mr Advani - even though a phone call would have sufficed. "I wanted history to chronicle my views and circumstances correctly," the letter says.

The letter Stating that they would have to answer to the coming generations for their silence and inaction, the letter "urges" Mr Advani that concern for one's self and the party should not overshadow one's national duty.

The letter sparked a furious debate on Twitter, especially at a time there have been murmurs about opposition parties reaching out to the sidelined seniors after they were benched - Mr Advani from Gujarat's Gandhinagar and Mr Joshi from Kanpur.