No changes in BJP's Bihar leadership till general elections

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New Delhi, Jun 4 (UNI) The BJP is understood to have decided not to make any changes in the party leadership in Bihar till the general elections next year.

A decision to this effect was taken here today at a four-hour-long meeting of the top BJP leaders at the residence of party president Rajnath Singh.

However, a formal announcement in this regard would be made by Mr Singh after consulting the leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha, L K Advani, and other senior leaders who attended the meeting, sources said.

They said the party leadership conveyed to dissident representatives that they must maintain unity in the party to ensure victory of the BJP and the NDA in the 2009 general elections in which Bihar has a major role to play.

''We have to achieve the goal of launching the NDA's Prime Ministerial candidate L K Advani in the polls'', the leaders said.

The dissidents were also told that the political atmosphere was quite favourable for the NDA and they should work untidily to encash the failures of the UPA government which, they said, was burdening the commonman with price rise, inflation.

A large number of Bihar dissidents had been demanding removal of state Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi as they were not liking his style of functioning.

Earlier, the party did not say any anything on the issue in view of the Karnataka Assembly polls.

The meeting was attended by former party president M Venkaiah Naidu, Ms Sushma Swaraj, party general secretary Ram Lal, party incharge of Bihar Mr Kalraj Mishra and Bihar organising secretary Hriday Narain Singh. Leaders from Bihar attending the meeting included Mr Modi, state party president Radha Mohan Singh, former minister Ashwani Chaube and Nand Kishore Yadav.

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