BJP never took guidance from RSS: Rajnath

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Bhopal, Sep 23 (UNI) The BJP would never take guidance from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) though it would continue to enrol organisational secretaries from the socio-cultural organisation, party president Rajnath Singh said today.

''RSS guidance was not taken in the past, at present nor in future,'' he told reporters here.

Wholetimers from RSS enrolled on the BJPs demand had gone a good job, he said, adding it would consider enrolling suitable people from other organisations if the need arose.

''We have no problem selecting a prime ministerial candidate and the media would be informed in due course'', said Mr Singh when asked whether Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, Mr L K Advani or a third leader would lead the party in next Lok Sabha elections.

The BJP chief said there was no plan to take out another Rath Yatra and Mr Advani had not sought permission to take out one.

The BJP, if returned to power, would consider holding dialogue with insurgents in the north-east to find a solution to the problem, but it would never compromise on the country's sovereignty, Mr Singh added.

Replying to a question, he said the BJP-led NDA was stronger than earlier and new allies would join it soon.

The BJP Parliamentary Board would decide on the chief ministerial candidate for poll-bound Himachal Pradesh, he said.

Mr Singh attempted to play down the absence of dissidents from Gujarat in the national executive meeting, saying many had informed him about their absence due to various reasons. On Mr Suresh Mehta's complaint that the National Executive meet was not held in poll-bound Gujarat, he said it was not necessary that party meetings would be held in every state going to the polls.

The BJP President feigned ignorance about the extent of implementation of the party manifesto in Madhya Pradesh, nor about yesterday's firing incident at Rewa, where one person was killed and 30 injured.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who was present, clarified that private security personnel resorted to firing at a cement plant and a high-level inquiry had been ordered.

UNI

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