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BJP top brass meets today

lucknow Updated: Jun 02, 2011 11:59 IST

Under the shadow of apparent differences between some of its top leaders, BJP top brass will meet in Lucknow from Thursday to chalk out the strategy for the 2012 Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, where the party has lost its moorings over the years.

Senior leaders including former deputy prime minister L K Advani, party chief Nitin Gadkari, former presidents Rajnath Singh, M M Joshi and Venkaiah Naidu besides chief ministers of BJP-ruled states will attend the meeting spread over four days.

Party leaders, however, did not rule out the possibility of the recent spat between Leaders of the Opposition in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha - Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley - taking away some sheen from the proceedings.

"The meeting is the most important one, especially because of the upcoming Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, besides Punjab, Uttarakhand and Goa.

"But as there is a controversy brewing in the party, it could become a dominant issue during discussions though it is unlikely to be taken up formally," a senior party leader said.

Party's state leadership has decided not to accept facilities from the Mayawati government as part of protocol to send a message that the BJP will not forge any electoral understanding with the ruling BSP with which it had formed government in the state twice.

BJP national vice-president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the party will go it alone in the Assembly elections early next year and accused its political opponents of playing caste politics which had dented its vote bank. "This time BJP will not experiment with any pre or post-poll alliance," he said.