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BJP has to decide its own future: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat

IANS  New Delhi, August 28, 2009
First Published: 18:40 IST(28/8/2009) | Last Updated: 22:26 IST(28/8/2009)

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has to "think and decide" its own future, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat said in New Delhi on Friday while stressing that the ideal age for the leadership of the Sangh Parivar it heads was "50 to 60 years".

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, in a rare press conference, said: "We are not worried (about the goings-on in the BJP) and it is immaterial whether the Sangh is happy or not happy about it; the BJP has to think and decide its future."

The RSS, the ideological parent of the BJP, said the ongoing crisis in the party did not worry it and it was the BJP's internal matter.

Referring to his recent suggestion that a younger leadership take over the reins of the BJP, Bhagwat said: "Fifty to sixty years is the average age for the Sangh leadership and it's for the political party to decide what should be the right age for it."

In what was seen as a reference to the 82-year-old BJP leader L K Advani, Bhagwat had said in a recent interview to a television that there was need for a younger leadership to take charge of the party.

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