Whatever be the nature of the truce worked out to appease a visibly sulking Lal Krishna Advani, it is unlikely that even after the withdrawal of his resignation, the Bharatiya Janata Party, or BJP, will be able to fully recover from the leadership tussle it has been faced with for some time.
If the BJP manages to do well, Narendra Modi and his followers will call the shots. And if it fails to deliver decent Lok Sabha seats after the polls, Mr Advani and his silent supporters will get an opportunity to reassert themselves. What that might mean for the unity of the BJP or its future organisational shape is anybody's guess.
Unfortunately, for the BJP, the Advani drama has brought to fore many more ironies of even greater significance for the party and those managing its affairs cannot afford to ignore them. One, it now appears that the supporters of Mr Advani, or those in the party who follow the soft Hindutva brand of politics, are now more outside the BJP than within.
Two, it has now become clear that the future of Mr Advani or his followers is closely linked with the performance of the BJP in the next general elections. If the BJP does well, Mr Advani and his supporters, the few who are now left with him, would be further marginalised. On the contrary, Mr Advani would emerge stronger if the BJP's performance were moderate, requiring the party to present a more acceptable face to lead the National Democratic Alliance, or NDA.
Those who are surprised by the manner in which Mr Advani behaved in the last few days should turn to the autobiographical book that he wrote a couple of years before the last general elections in 2009. Published in 2008, the book ends with the following message from Mr Advani: "I have performed every responsibility, minor or major, that has been entrusted to me from time to time in the course of my long political journey with honesty, devotion and commitment.
Here is a leader who is obsessed with his idea of responsibility and fulfilling it, without perhaps realising when the right time is to give up or hang up one's boots. For the BJP, managing a leader with such intellectual proclivities would be a tough task. And the months ahead will reveal how the story of the party's longest-serving leader unfolds.
Out of all these uncertainties about the BJP's future leadership challenges, one message is fairly clear and definite.