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I'll ensure BJP does not return to power in Delhi: Khurana

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, Apr 14 (UNI) Stepping up attacks on the BJP which he alleged was being run by some people like a private limited company, former Delhi Chief Minister and suspended BJP leader Madan Lal Khurana today said he would do everything in his power to ensure that the BJP did not return to power in Delhi.

While clarifying that he was firmly wedded to the philosophy of the BJP and RSS, Mr Khurana, at a press conference here, said, ''I cannot bring myself to work under the current leadership of the BJP who consider themselves akin to managing directors and are running the party like a private limited company.'' ''Moreover, all those at the helm of affairs in the Delhi BJP are ones whom I had groomed in the party. Now, how can I work under these people'' Mr Khurana told reporters.

Refuting the allegations that his protests stemmed from his greed for party posts, Mr Khurana said, ''I have never been desirous of any post. If it were so, I would not have quit posts of chief minister, governor and a minister in the Union Cabinet much before the completion of my terms. While I quit as Chief Minister after just two years of my five-year term, I quit as Minister in the Union Cabinet after just ten months and quit the Rajasthan Governor's post after serving just 10 months, out of the six-year term.'' Describing as a falsehood the BJP's allegations that the party lost the elections to the Delhi assembly in 1998 due to his leadership, Mr Khurana dared the BJP to win from Delhi without him.

Hinting that he would contest the next elections in Delhi against the BJP candidates, he said, ''I will see to it that the party does not return to power in Delhi in the next elections to the assembly.'' UNI AR PK KN1730

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