Now VHP derides Naidu's words on Atal, Advani
VHP asked the BJP chief to focus on party policies and derided his referring to PM Vajpayee and Dy PM Advani as 'Vikas Purush' and 'Lauh Purush' respectively.india Updated: Jun 18, 2003 13:44 IST
Bharatiya Panata Party (BJP) president M Venkaiah Naidu was on Wednesday targeted by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), which asked him to focus on party policies and derided his referring to Prime Minister Vajpayee and Deputy Prime Minister Advani as 'Vikas Purush' and 'Lauh Purush' respectively.
"Naidu has got into the habit of saying new things. At Rampur, he talked about the mosque and we had to condemn it," VHP Senior Vice-President Acharya Giriraj Kishore told reporters here when asked about the recent leadership controversy in BJP triggered off by the BJP President's remarks.
"The emphasis should not be on individuals but policies. There is no such thing as a Vikas Purush (Man of development) or Lauh Purush (Iron man). A purush (man) is a purush (man)," Kishore said.
He, however, said it was for the BJP to decide who should be its leader.
In the wake of the leadership controversy, RSS Chief K S Sudarshan had last week telephoned Naidu and asked him to focus on ideology, principles and programmes of the party instead of individuals. He also appreciated the "good work" being done by the party President.
First Published: Jun 11, 2003 20:30 IST