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Don't speak out of turn on party's PM nominee: BJP to party workers

delhi Updated: Apr 07, 2013 22:26 IST

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BJP on Sunday cautioned partymen against speaking out of turn on its prime ministerial nominee with its president Rajnath Singh saying some leaders have been "announcing" names virtually on a "daily basis" creating unnecessary controversies.

The party emphasised on the need for discipline and improving its image at a meeting of its office-bearers here to discuss the strategy and issues ahead of polls in six states and the Lok Sabha elections.

While the BJP top leadership maintained that the political situation prevailing in the country was strongly anti-Congress and favoured the main opposition, there were concerns that this opportunity may be frittered away due to the actions of some leaders.

Singh, who convened the meeting for the first time since he announced his team of office-bearers on March 31, said some leaders of the party have been speaking out-of-turn to the media and without being authorised to address the press.

Singh's comments against the backdrop of growing clamour in the BJP for projecting Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi as its prime ministerial candidate.

Delhi BJP chief Vijay Goel also created a flutter with his remark on Saturday that the next government at the Centre will be formed under LK Advani's leadership.

The meeting was attended by Advani, BJP parliamentary party chief, leader of opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj, her Rajya Sabha counterpart Arun Jaitley, central office-bearers and presidents and general secretaries of the state units. Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi also attended the meeting.

The party leadership felt Lok Sabha elections could be held anytime after November while polls were due in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi and Karnataka. Polls might also be held in Jharkhand which is under President's Rule.

In his address, Advani said BJP had lost in 2004 due to "over-confidence" and there was a need for caution this time. Party workers should use their full potential and not become complacent, he said.