Advani, Joshi Out Of Presidential Race

The decision of the SC to order Advani to face trial on the charges of criminal conspiracy in Babri case reduces his chances of becoming the next president of India almost to zero.

New Delhi: Senior BJP leader LK Advani is out of the race for the post of President of India since the Supreme Court has allowed the petition of the CBI on Wednesday. It also directed the Lucknow court to conduct the trial of Advani and others in the charges of criminal conspiracy. The apex court has made it clear that Advani, Murali Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharati will have to face the trial. The SC has given two years time for the Lucknow court to dispose the case. I

This development removes Advani and Joshi from the list of the persons to be considered for the top position in the country. There were reports earlier saying that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said in a private gathering that he would pay his ‘Guru Dakshin’ to Advani by making him the president of the republic.

Advani never indicated his willingness to accept such an offer if it is made. But his name is invariably mentioned in every news story on presidential election. The decision of the Supreme Court is a rude shock to many BJP law makers.

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