BJP defends decision to elevate Modi

Published: 19th June 2013 09:01 AM  |   Last Updated: 19th June 2013 09:01 AM   |  A+A-

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on his first visit to Delhi after his elevation as BJP election campaign committee chief, met senior BJP leaders L K Advani and M M Joshi, and paid his respects to ex-PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

On whether Modi’s visit was aimed to placate Advani, BJP spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi said there was no acrimony or no complaint. Advani is a senior leader whom people keep meeting to discuss issues, he said.

During his packed itinerary, Modi not just met three senior leaders, he also addressed party general secretaries on poll preparedness.

Modi and Joshi discussed the party’s functioning, and the issue of Advani’s resignation also featured in their talks.

In the evening, Modi addressed party general secretaries. After Modi met Advani, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, who is currently in Delhi, is also expected to meet him on Wednesday.

“Bhagwat is meeting many leaders in Delhi,” a BJP leader said signalling that the RSS chief was trying to patch up things within the party.

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