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‘Not told to stop work in UP’

BJP leader Sanjay Joshi may have quit the party's national executive to end the stand-off between Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi and party chief Nitin Gadkari over his role but he will continue his work in Uttar Pradesh.

delhi Updated: May 28, 2012 23:28 IST
Shekhar Iyer

BJP leader Sanjay Joshi may have quit the party's national executive to end the stand-off between Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi and party chief Nitin Gadkari over his role but he will continue his work in Uttar Pradesh.

"I have not been asked to stop work in UP," Joshi said, while refusing to comment on the developments in the BJP last week when he had to quit.

His exit saw Modi attending the BJP executive meet and later addressing a rally in Mumbai after a gap of more than eight months.

Despite Modi's antipathy towards Joshi since 1995 -- when both the leaders worked in Gujarat -- Gadkari has remained impressed with Joshi's 'organisational abilities'. Other senior BJP leaders have not so far opposed Joshi's involvement in BJP work.

The RSS too has not asked Gadkari not to involve Joshi in UP work following the ending of the stalemate in BJP.

Joshi was assigned the responsibility of the UP assembly polls in September last year, which upset Modi.

Though the party could win only 47 seats, Gadkari described Joshi's work as "crucial" for rebuilding of the organisational base of BJP in the state.

Joshi will be in Lucknow to interact with UP leaders before the party's election committee selects candidates for mayors in 13 municipal corporations and chairpersons of nagarpalika parishads and nagar panchayats, election for which are due next month.

Although Joshi does not hold any designation or post, he will be the key man in selection of candidates and chalking out a campaign strategy, BJP sources said.

Gadkari backs Joshi's plan for identifying and projecting new faces in BJP for a revival ahead of the Lok Sabha polls in 2014. The BJP has decided to finalise its candidates for the Lok Sabha elections early.