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Vajpayee did hint on being upset but nothing for new party: VP

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, June 29 (UNI)Former Prime Minister V.P.Singh today stuck to his earlier version that his successor A B Vajpayee had confided in him that the BJP senior leader was very upset with his party and wanted to form a new party of select leaders.

Mr Singh quoted Mr Vajpayee in his memoirs, 'Manzil Se Zyada Safar' saying the latter was, at that time, 'very sad' about what was going in his party.

He was referring to his interaction with senior leaders from the parties opposed to the then ruling Congress which had expelled him for raising Bofors controversy and he had floated his new outfit, Jan Morcha in 1989.

But Mr Vajpayee never mentioned that '' he intended to quit the BJP'' and there was no reference to this effect in the book.

Recounting his memoirs, Mr Singh said ''Had it been possible to act upon Mr Vajpayee's proposal of forming an alternative political front of select leaders of his party (opposed to Congress) it would have been a historical development.... this has been occurring to me even now".

" Mr Bhairon Singh Sekhawat ( now Vice-President) also agreed to this proposal", Mr Singh asserted.

On the other hand, Mr Vajpayee debunked Mr Singh's assertion as 'ridiculous' that he wanted to leave BJP.

"This is not just ridiculous but also far from truth. No such talks have taken place with me", Mr Vajpayee remarked.

Referring to Mr Vajpayee's reaction, Mr Singh said" Such of his rebuttal is most natural in the changed situation and I do not want to react on a reaction... I have all respect for Mr Vajpayee he has been our well-wisher".

"But he did mention to me about his disappointment on the affairs in his party at that time", Mr Singh said adding that " I, however, concluded if any leader form a new party, how could he remain in his parent party".

He asserted that "I stand by whatever I have recorded in the book ..and.... it is truth and 100 per cent truth... those who wanted to know what I had said, should go through my book and not the newspaper reports which are invariably interpretations ".

Mr Singh also referred to senior BJP leader Jaswant Singh's regular contact with him once he was out of the then ruling Congress."And Mr Jaswant Singh suggested me to bring the leaders of good image at one plateform and form a united party.....he helped in difficult times", Mr Singh said adding that most of the leaders wanted to defeat Congress at that time.

He said he was also misquoted in the context to his talks with Mr M L Fotedar regarding Ms Sonia Gandhi accepting the office of Prime Ministership.

Mr Fotedar never mentioned that Ms Sonia Gandhi should not accept the office as there was reported threat to her life, Mr Singh said adding that he (Mr Fotedar) did mention the reports regarding danger to her life saying that other leaders should be aware about that.

Mr Singh said he had recorded his talk with Ms Sonia Gandhi at her ten Janpath residence why she did not accept the Prime Minister's office.

"Ms Sonia Gandhi told me that if she accepted the office there would be two probabilities: first the BJP and its allies will get an issue and secondly in that situation there would be a long-drawn controversy which could lead to a tension... which would not be in the good of the country".


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