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I am the bridegroom, says Rajnath

The BJP chief says like a bridegroom he will try to take the bride ie power from UP to instal her in Delhi.

india Updated: Dec 23, 2006 15:13 IST

Amidst a discussion in BJP over Prime Ministerial candidacy, newly re-elected BJP chief Rajnath Singh likened himself to a "bridegroom", whose endeavour would be to take the "bride" (the power) from Uttar Pradesh to instal her in Delhi.

"I am in a dilemma as how I should welcome you as I am part of both the guests and hosts and I am also the bridegroom. We will take the bride from UP and instal her in Delhi," an elated Singh, who was re-elected as BJP president, said.

Delivering the presidential address after being formally ratified as the party chief for the next three years by the National Council here, Singh underlined the importance of Uttar Pradesh which sends 80 members to the Lok Sabha.

At the same time Singh, who was seated between AB Vajpayee and LK Advani, hailed the two stalwarts as "top leaders" who have been "giving their light like the Sun" and have made a "deep impact" on the people.

He said Vajpayee and Advani have contributed immensely for sustaining democracy in the country and have also maintained internal democracy within the party.

Apparently concerned over the growing mistrust and oneupmanship in the organisation, Singh also went the extra mile to emphasise the need to maintain 'mutual trust' saying that there should be no `violation' of dignity and decorum while conducting oneself in the party.

Singh's remarks have come in the backdrop of the 'PM-in -waiting controversy in the party recently.

First Published: Dec 23, 2006 15:13 IST