Varanasi seat row: Joshi says will accept party's decision
Senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi on Sunday said he would accept, like a "disciplined soldier", any decision the party takes on Varanasi Lok Sabha seat, which is represented by him but could be vacated for Narendra Modi.india Updated: Mar 09, 2014 18:17 IST
Senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi on Sunday said he would accept, like a "disciplined soldier", any decision the party takes on Varanasi Lok Sabha seat, which is represented by him but could be vacated for Narendra Modi.
"Every disciplined soldier accepts the party's decision," he told reporters when asked whether he will accept Modi's nomination for the seat.
The BJP's central election committee is meeting on March 13 to take a call on this matter.
The 76-year-old leader said the party "would take a decision which will not dent the PM candidate's prestige or its winning chances". He also termed reports about a "poster war" between his and Modi's supporters in Varanasi as "fiction created by the media".
Joshi is understood to have expressed his unhappiness in the CEC meeting and asked the leadership to clarify its stand on reports suggesting Modi is being fielded from the seat.
Many within the party believe that Modi's presence could galvanise the party's base in the crucial region of eastern UP and maximise its prospects in UP.
The saffron party downplayed the development, with senior leader Sushma Swaraj saying the UP seat did not come up for discussion at the Saturday meet.
However, the party's ideological fountainhead, Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh, said it was worried but confident at the same time that the BJP will resolve it.
(With PTI inputs)
First Published: Mar 09, 2014 18:15 IST