Advani mediates patch-up with Gadkari; this may ensure second term for party president

Signalling truce between the BJP president Nitin Gadkari and rebels within the party campaigning against his leadership, there were indications on Friday that suspension of MP Ram Jethmalani may be revoked. Mr. Jethmalani was suspended from the BJP in November for daring the party to act against him on the issue of appointment of CBI director Ranjit Sinha.

The patch-up is significant as it is likely to ensure a second term to Mr. Gadkari whose term is ending in the next few weeks. There was a question mark on Mr. Gadkari continuing, following allegations of dubious business deals involving the Purti group, owned by him.

Mr. Jethmalani had been in the forefront of the campaign against Mr. Gadkari.