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RSS steps in, slams BJP for infighting

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Jun 02, 2012 at 10:40pm IST

New Delhi: Speaking openly for the first time on the issue, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in its mouthpiece 'Panchajanya' slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the infighting amongst its leaders.

The RSS slammed the infighting within the BJP, saying several leaders in the party carry Prime Ministerial ambitions. The mouthpiece however said that several Chief Ministers as well as national leaders were capable of becoming the Prime Minister.

Speaking against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, the RSS mouthpiece hit out at him for ignoring senior state BJP leaders. It also expressed unhappiness with the Gujarat Chief Minister over the removal of Sanjay Joshi from the party national executive.

In a major move, the RSS has also made it clear that it is not in the favour of projecting a Prime Minister candidate for 2014. According to the RSS, the candidate must be chosen after the results of the General Election.

Interestingly, this comes a day after Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi met former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and senior BJP leader L K Advani in New Delhi on Friday.

The meeting had assumed significance given the unease in the party and a growing distance between Modi and senior leaders Advani and Sushma Swaraj.

Advani had on Thursday attacked BJP president Nitin Gadkari in his blog, questioning the decisions taken by him in the past six months.

Advani is reportedly upset with the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS), which paved the way for a second term for Gadkari as BJP president, despite his objections. He is also not too keen on letting Modi become a more powerful leader.PAGE_BREAK

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