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May 25, 2012 at 02:18pm IST

LK Advani is not upset or angry: BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman

Mumbai: Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader LK Advani is not upset and is not attending the party rally on Friday evening because of some prior engagement, party spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said. Claiming that Advani is not angry over the BS Yeddyurappa episode, she said that there is no dissent in the party over any issue.

"Advani is not angry. He had a prior engagement and therefore is not attending today's rally. him not attending the public rally was known for three days Advani is a part of those layers which make decisions in the party," said Nirmala.

"There is no connection between the resolution's content and him being away. No decision comes through before it passes several layers in the party," she added.

Advani is reportedly upset with party's state of affairs and former Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa. The senior BJP leader will return to Delhi with sources telling CNN-IBN that the 84-year-old leader is upset with the Yeddyurappa episode.

Advani's reluctance to attend the rally has once again revealed that the top leadership of the party in not united. The national executive meet had already been dogged by controversies even before top leaders got together in Mumbai.

In a show of strength vis-a-vis the party President, the Gujarat Chief Minister on Thursday had forced the resignation of his critic Sanjay Joshi from BJP national executive, as an apparent price for his participation in the meet.

Yeddyurappa has come out in support of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and said that he should be the party's prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

Meanwhile, Joshi said that he had only resigned from the executive committee.

"I have only resigned from the executive. I will continue to be a member of the party," he said.