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No rift within the party,insists Advani

RSS has intervened to resolve the stand-off between Jaitley and Rajnath even as L K Advani insisted there was no rift in the party.

With differences persisting between BJP general secretary Arun Jaitley and party chief Rajnath Singh,RSS has intervened to resolve the issue even as senior BJP leader L K Advani insisted there was no rift in the party.

“This issue may make a good story for you but there are no differences within the party,” Advani told reporters in New Delhi on the sidelines of a book release function.

He was replying when asked whether the differences between Singh and Jaitley over the appointment of businessman Sudhanshu Mittal as BJP’s co-convenor of North East region had been resolved.

Jaitley had shown his displeasure at Mittal’s appointment by keeping away from the Central Election Committee meeting of the BJP on March 13.

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Sources close to Jaitley have said that he was unlikely to attend the next CEC meeting to be held on March 17 if Mittal is not removed.

Singh,on the other hand,has ruled out Mittal’s removal.

In view of the stalemate,RSS has stepped in to resolve the differences,which have erupted just ahead of Lok Sabha polls,causing worries to BJP.

In this regard,RSS general secretary Suresh Soni called up Jaitley on Saturday night to find a solution to the stand-off,sources said.