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BJP mum over squabbling on 2nd term for Gadkari

PTI  New Delhi, January 20, 2013
First Published: 15:54 IST(20/1/2013) | Last Updated: 21:03 IST(20/1/2013)

BJP on Sunday parried questions over reported squabbling within the party for giving a second term to incumbent president Nitin Gadkari.


Responding to queries whether senior leader LK Advani has proposed the name of Sushma Swaraj for the president's post, BJP spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said nominations for the contest will be declared at a proper time.

"We don't have a dynasty but a democracy and there should not be any confusion over it. We have an internal democracy and constitution in the party. According to that we conduct elections from regional to national level and that election process is on."

"As the process ends we will conduct elections for national president also and proper notification will be issued for it," Naqvi said without spelling out when this will be done.

Asked whether besides Gadkari other names are also being floated for the contest, he said, "You will be told about it and the nominations also. Nothing will be done in a clandestine manner."

Denying that there is any delay in electing the BJP president, he said, "There is no delay, we are just following a process."

According to the sources, Advani, who had reservation about Gadkari getting a second term because of charges about dubious funding of Purti Group with which he was associated, had earlier suggested the name of Ravi Shankar Prasad for the post of party president.

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