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No place for groupism in BJP, says Vajpayee

The former PM said that there was no place for groupism in BJP where everyone should shun differences.

india Updated: Dec 24, 2006 14:16 IST

With so many controversies dogging the party since it lost power over two years ago, former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Sunday said that there was no place for groupism in BJP where everyone should shun differences.

He called for creating a "free and amiable atmosphere" in the party in which it could "take on the challenges easily".

"There should be no room for groupism in the party...We should work together shunning our differences," Vajpayee told the concluding session of the BJP's National Council meeting in New Delhi.

In an obvious reference to the recent 'PM-in-waiting' controversy, Vajpayee said, "our opponents are challenging us. There is only one way to succeed that we should work in unison."

Exhorting party workers to focus on the forthcoming assembly elections in five states, he said these would "open doors to new possibilites".

Eventhough he thanked the Uttar Pradesh government for its hospitality to the visiting BJP leaders, Vajpayee attacked the Samajwadi Party-led government for the recent killings of BJP workers.

"We are grateful to the state government for the hospitality but we cannot forget the brutal killings of our party workers only because they belonged to a different party," Vajpayee said.

"Beheading some one in this civilised age cannot even be thought of," he said referring to the murder of a party worker.