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Rajnath sounds return of Hindutva

The new BJP president, in his maiden speech, raised issues like Ram temple and abrogation of Article 370.

india Updated: Jan 21, 2006 14:34 IST

Marking the party's return to the Hindutva fold, new BJP president Rajnath Singh in his maiden address on Friday raised the Sangh Parivar's core issues.

Rajnath spoke about issues like Ram temple and abrogation of Article 370 even as he asked cadres to be careful about their conduct, morality and image.

Addressing the party's National Council meeting called in New Delhi to ratify his appointment as party president, Singh also made a daring attack on the UPA government for its "appeasement policy, politicisation of education, anti-farmer, anti-poor policies, erosion of constitutional bodies and defence of Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrocchi," among other issues.

Earlier, he was unanimously elected party president after his name was proposed by his predecessor LK Advani and seconded by senior leader Jaswant Singh.

Also present were former Prime Minister AB Vajpayee, and former General Secretary (Organisation) Sanjay Joshi, who had to resign last month in the wake of the circulation of a CD showing him in poor light.

First Published: Jan 20, 2006 13:03 IST