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Advani will continue to lead BJP, says Rajnath Singh

Concluding the three-day Bharatiya Janta Party's 'chintan baithak,' BJP President Rajnath Singh today said that LK Advani will continue to lead the party and that there was no internal draft detailing the causes of poll debacle and fixing blame on individuals. Jaswant denigrated great efforts of Sardar Patel: Sushma

india Updated: Aug 25, 2009 15:21 IST

After a three-day brainstorming session, BJP chief Rajnath Singh on Friday said LK Advani will continue to lead the party and gave clear signals that dissent and indiscipline will not be tolerated.

He said the 'chintan baithak' discussed the Lok Sabha poll debacle but no one was held "accountable or responsible" for the defeat.

If someone is to be held accountable, I take responsibility for the defeat," Singh told a press conference at the end of conclave of top party leaders.

At the outset even before the press conference began, he was asked whether Advani will continue to lead the party.

"Yes, he will continue to lead the party," he replied.

Asked about RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat favouring younger leadership in the party, Singh said the BJP has been inducting fresh blood for a long time. "We have been doing it all the time."

Asked if it was a snub to RSS chief, he just laughed away the suggestion.

On ideological deviation against the backdrop Jaswant Singh episode, he said "the political ideology and thought on the basis of which the party was found, we will stick to it now and continue to do so in future. Our ideology is non- negotiable."

To a question about criticism aired in public by leaders like Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie and whether action would be taken against them, Singh said, "What I have done, you have seen it...There will be no compromise on indiscipline."