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I am not in race for Prime Minister's post: Joshi

PTI | ByPress Trust of India, Allahabad
May 05, 2004 11:11 PM IST

The Union HRD Minister and senior BJP leader said that cracks had appeared in the alternative alliance led by Cong on the leadership issue.

After affirming that the issue of successor to Atal Bihari Vajpayee would be decided by political conditions at that time, Union HRD Minister and senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi on Wednesday said he was not in the race for prime ministership.

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"I am not in the race for Prime Minister's post," Joshi said.

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He was responding to queries by scribes whether he considered himself as a candidate for the top post.

In an interview to Aaj Tak news channel on Saturday, Joshi said the issue of successor to Vajpayee would be decided by "political conditions and ground realities at that point of time."

"In the party there is one, two, three. But when it comes to NDA and the Government, the deciding factor will be political conditions and ground realities at that point of time. The condition of the alliance and the country will also be the deciding factor," he said.

Exuding confidence that the NDA would return to power, Joshi said cracks had appeared in the alternative alliance led by Congress on the leadership issue.

Flaying the Opposition for treating Muslims as their "vote banks", he said the minority community no longer wanted to be treated like this.

This time they were voting in an independent manner, Joshi said.

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