Varanasi seat row: RSS worried, MM Joshi downplays it

Sources said some members sought clarity as to whether Joshi would be moved from Varanasi and Modi would contest from there.

Bangalore | Updated: March 9, 2014 6:06 pm

RSS on Sunday stepped into the reported Varanasi seat row between BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and senior leader Murli Manohar Joshi, saying it is “worried” even as the BJP downplayed it.

“We are worried…But we feel they (BJP) are experienced enough as we had seen on earlier occasions. They are capable. They will solve the problem,” RSS General Secretary Suresh Bhaiyaji Joshi told reporters on the concluding day of the three-day meet of its top policy making body, Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha in Bangalore.

In Delhi, breaking his silence on the issue, M M Joshi said he would accept any decision the party takes like a “disciplined soldier” and hoped it would neither dent the PM candidate’s prestige nor hurt party’s electoral chances. The reported controversy over who will contest from Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency had reportedly found its echo at BJP’s Central Election Committee meeting in Delhi on Saturday.

Sources said some members sought clarity as to whether M M Joshi would be moved from Varanasi and Modi would contest
from there. Among those who are believed to have been keen to make the point are Joshi himself as well as Sushma Swaraj.

On Sunday, Swaraj denied in Vidisha (Madhya Pradesh) that there was any rift in the party on the issue. “I was present in the meeting in Delhi on Saturday. Lok Sabha seats for UP did not figure in the deliberations as reported in the media”. The RSS leader said, “These things are decided by political party. If a person wants to express his views, there is nothing wrong in it.”

Asked about the Sangh’s stand on whether senior leaders like L K Advani should contest elections, he said RSS cannot direct the party (BJP), but can only give an indication. However, young people should be given an opportunity to render service to the nation with their youthful energy. At the same time, it is beneficial to have the guidance of senior
leaders, he said.

M M Joshi, who had won from Varanasi last time, said the party’s Central Election Committee would take a decision on March 13 and rejected reports of a poster war between supporters of Modi and him in the constituency as the “mental fiction” of media.

“The decision will be taken by Parliamentary Board. A meeting (of CEC) is taking place on March 13,” he told reporters. Asked if he would accept a decision to field Modi from the prestigious eastern UP seat, he shot back, “every disciplined soldier accepts” party’s decision. “I don’t talk about such issues outside. Whatever I say is within the party,” he said to repeated questions over his stand on the row.

“The party would take a decision which will neither dent the prestige of our PM candidate nor compromise party’s winning chances,” he said. The senior BJP leader is understood to have expressed his unhappiness in the CEC meeting over reports that Modi will be fielded from Varanasi and sought clarification from the leadership.

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    gpunch
    Mar 9, 2014 at 8:23 pm
    inida needs modi to win, irrespective of the venue .
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      JKV
      Mar 9, 2014 at 5:24 pm
      Why does Modi have to contest from Varanasi? Does he think that contesting from a seat in Gujarat will diminish his win in any way? Does the Indian PM have to win from a seat in UPonly? Are other states subservient to UP? What is Modi trying to convey?
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        kapil
        Mar 9, 2014 at 5:28 pm
        War within BJP is already out in open on Varanasi seat. Why Narendra Modi is eyeing a safe seat in UP when his party colleagues are claiming that there is a Modi wave all across the nation? If there is any truth in this claim then Modi can contest any of the 542 seats of Loksabha but he won't do so because he want to warn his party colleagues that before sitting on PM's chair in Delhi, he will crush all opposition in party and anyone who dares to challenge him on any issue will be crushed so badly that he will never utter a single word against him in future. Narendra Modi's motto is clearly defined-file in line or be ready to sit on sideline. Murali Manohar Joshi's must read writing on the wall. Otherwise, he will be forced to fall.
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                                            OneTelugu OneNation
                                            Mar 9, 2014 at 2:26 pm
                                            I think Modi is afraid of AAP in varanasi. So BJP is playing these games. Now Modi will not contest from Varanasi.
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