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BJP accepts Sanjay Joshi's resignation

A.M. Jigeesh Mumbai | Updated on May 24, 2012

Reinforcing Gujarat Chief Minister, Mr Narendra Modi’s hold over the party apparatus, the Bharatiya Janata Party accepted the resignation of Mr Sanjay Joshi, who was an invitee in the national executive.

Mr Joshi, a known detractor of Mr Modi in the party, had announced his resignation on Wednesday saying that he does not want to be part of any controversy. Soon after that, Mr Modi, whose participation in the national executive that began here today was doubtful, said he will attend the meeting.

Officially, the BJP tried to play down the development. “Sanjay Joshi has put in his papers. He has himself offered to resign saying that he does not want to be part of any controversy,” BJP’s chief spokesperson, Mr Ravi Shankar Prasad, said. He said Mr Modi will attend the national executive meeting, working committee and the public rally that follows it.

He said the internal understanding of the BJP is so strong that it can resolve any crisis easily. Earlier, in his presidential address, BJP President, Mr Nitin Gadkari, stressed the importance of discipline in the party. “We in the BJP should not look at our role in politics from a narrow and short-term perspective. Politics for us is an instrument of far-reaching socio-economic transformation. Let us make ourselves worthy of this role,” Mr Gadkari said.

jigeesh.am@thehindu.co.in

Published on May 24, 2012

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