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New BJP president from outside Delhi

delhi Updated: Nov 06, 2009 17:13 IST

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has disclosed that the new BJP President will be someone from outside Delhi and the process has begun.

"Yes the new leadership will be someone other than these four (Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley, Venkaiah Naidu and Ananth Kumar). This is what I have been told. That is what has been agreed on and I believe the process has begun," he told 'India Today'.

The term of the present incumbent Rajnath Singh expires on December 31 and there are various names doing the rounds for the BJP presidentship.

When asked whether he will get someone from outside Delhi in the 50 to 55 year age group, Bhagwat said "they will get someone from outside Delhi".

To a question on the change in party leadership after its dismal performance in three assembly elections, he said change will take place "but at its own time. I only said what I have been told (by the BJP), they have a plan in mind and it is rolling on."

On the issue of Sangh 'intervening' and 'imposing' itself on BJP, the 59-year-old Sarsanghchalak said "the RSS never intervenes, only gives advice when asked."

Bhagwat disagreed with senior BJP leader L K Advani's contention that demolition of Babri mosque was a national shame.