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Joshi dismisses reports of discontent with Modi over shifting from Varanasi

Dismissing talk of any differences within BJP, Joshi said the entire party was united. Tweet This
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this time who has attracted the attention of people as a leader of determination and has some of the elements of administration and so we decided to cash on this opportunity,” he said.

On the Congress candidate Ajay Rai displaying the party symbol, Joshi said it is a “small thing”.

“For some people it (Rai wearing Congress symbol) may be a big thing. There is no big thing in that. Who doesn’t know their (Congress) election symbol? Everybody takes hand with them, will you cut their hands? I feel that a party (BJP)
which is winning with such a big margin should not look into these small things. It will not have an effect on a single vote,” he said.

Asked what would be his suggestion in case Modi wins both Varanasi and Vadodara seats, Joshi said he would be “happy” if the Gujarat Chief Minister “retains the UP seat.”

He also said that there was no opposition to BJP and Modi in Varanasi.

“Narendra Modi is the hero of this election and there is no question of tough competition being faced by him from any of his rivals here,” he said.

To a question, he said there were nothing unusual in senior BJP leaders meeting RSS functionaries.

Joshi said he also regularly visits RSS office and various issues are discussed in those meetings. He refused to comment on whether he would be in the Union Cabinet if BJP comes to power at the Centre, saying he was only thinking about becoming an MP as of now.

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