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‘Surprised’ Advani denies any rift with Rajnath

Gandhinagar MP and Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha,L K Advani,denied any rift between him and BJP national president Rajnath Singh here on Sunday.

Says BJP president working tirelessly to strengthen the party ahead of LS polls

Gandhinagar MP and Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha,L K Advani,denied any rift between him and BJP national president Rajnath Singh here on Sunday. He told this to the media after a public function in Ahmedabad.

Expressing surprise over reports to this effect,he said a recent meeting of the Sangh Parivar and BJP leaders at his residence was not called to sort out matters between him and Singh as reported in the media. He said the meeting was convened to work out strategies for the days to come.

“Rajnath Singhji is doing a fine job and working tirelessly towards strengthening the organisation,” Advani said.

He said there was no question about him and Singh having any dispute over any issue,and that all in the party were working towards winning a majority in the next Lok Sabha elections.

On the recent terror attacks in Mumbai,he said Pakistan’s involvement is clear and “the evidence has come up before the whole world… India has placed everything before the world”.

He expressed the hope that the world pressure on Pakistan would work and some action would come out of it.

On the proposed National Investigation Agency (NIA),Advani said that chief ministers and home ministers of the BJP-ruled states would meet in New Delhi on Monday,where he will tell them about the course of action. The issue will also be discussed in the meeting of chief ministers and home ministers of all states on Tuesday.

Earlier in the day,inaugurating the Vitthalbhai Patel Community Centre (party plot) in Meghaninagar,Advani said even though Asarwa was no more part of his parliamentary constituency of Gandhinagar,he was still sure that the area would help the lotus bloom whoever be the candidate. He said the community centre concept is not seen in the Western countries where the “family” as an institution has splintered away,so much so that old parents need to seek permission of their children before visiting them.

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The Rs 40.60-lakh community centre has come up with MP grants of Rs 23 lakh,MLA grant of Rs 2.60 lakh,with the municipal corporation meeting the rest of the costs. Mayor Kanaji Thakor,Asarwa MLA Pradeepsinh Jadeja and Municipal Commissioner I P Gautam also spoke on the occasion.