NEW DELHI: Amid the raging political row over police action at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), top BJP leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah met today.
Home minister Rajnath Singh, finance minister Arun Jaitley and external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj were others in the meeting with Modi at the latter's residence to take stock of the current political situation.
Party sources insisted that the meeting had no "direct correlation" with the JNU row and that it covered a wide spectrum of issues. They said a host of issues, including the upcoming state Assembly elections and the budget session of Parliament were discussed.
"The meeting of senior party leaders happens at regular intervals and is routine. The budget session is coming and so are Assembly elections in five states. There are organisational issues of the party as well," a senior party leader said when asked about the deliberations.
He, however, added that the JNU issue too was likely to have come up for discussion as the government has been attacked by Congress and the Left over its response to a campus protest against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru where anti-India slogans were allegedly raised.
BJP has defended the police action against the students who were allegedly involved in shouting anti-India slogans and accused the opposition parties of speaking in the voice of terror group Lashkar-e--Taiba (LeT) founder Hafiz Sayeed.
Rajnath Singh's comments today that the controversial event at the JNU had received support from the LeT has further polarised the political discourse around it.