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Jun 08, 2013 at 05:11pm IST

I do not have 'NaMo'nia, skipping BJP meet for other reasons: Sinha

New Delhi: Senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha on Saturday said he chose to stay away from party's National Executive meet because of other reasons and not because he is down with 'NaMo'nia, an oblique reference to aversion to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. "I don't have 'NaMo'nia. I'm in perfect health. There could be other reasons for not going to Goa. Media can keep speculating all they want," Sinha said.

'NaMonia' has emerged as a euphemism to refer to a group of BJP leaders, including senior party leaders LK Advani and Jaswant Singh, who have reported sick and skipped the party's National Executive meeting which began in Goa on Saturday. Sinha had earlier supported Modi, who is being talked about being projected as the head of the BJP campaign committee for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

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Earlier, the former Union Minister was also quoted as saying that Modi was unlikely to be appointed as in-charge of the BJP's campaign for the general elections. Earlier, commenting on the leadership issue Sinha had said that Advani was in a "different league".

Besides Advani, others who have skipped the Goa meeting include Uma Bharti, Yogi Adityanath and Shatrughan Sinha.

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(With Additional Inputs From PTI)