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Updated: May 18, 2012 02:07 IST

Modi will attend national executive, asserts BJP

Shoumojit Banerjee
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Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. File photo
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. File photo

Party blames media speculations for reports anticipating his absence

Refuting speculations, the Bharatiya Janata Party stated emphatically on Thursday that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi would attend the party's upcoming two-day national executive meet here from May 24.

Mr. Modi was conspicuous by his absence at the national executive meet in New Delhi last year. Since then, news of his probable absence has almost always heightened political gossip before major events.

“There is no such thing as confirmation. This is a meet called by the party high command and Mr. Modi will be attending it,” said BJP's Mumbai unit president Raj Purohit, when asked whether the organisers had received a formal assent from the Chief Minister.

According him, earlier reports anticipating his absence were due to a “misunderstanding” stimulated by frenetic media speculations. He dismissed questions about Mr. Modi having objected to current national president Nitin Gadkari helming the party affairs for a second term.

Mr. Modi's bete-noire, the former Chief Minister and fellow partyman, Keshubhai Patel, would attend the meet, as would be the tainted former Karnataka Chief Minister, B.S. Yeddyurappa. Mr. Patel, who has been targeting Mr. Modi since the latter's anointment as Chief Minister in 2001, has been keeping away from the event for the last three years.

Mr. Purohit said the meet would be a no-frills affair, in the wake of the drought plaguing 15 districts of Maharashtra. The State BJP unit would, however, organise an elaborate reception for the party's top brass and constitute a separate reception committee to welcome senior leaders like L.K. Advani, Nitin Gadkari, Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, Gopinath Munde and Rajnath Singh.

In all, 24 hospitality committees had been formed to ensure that the meet went off without a hitch. There would be a state-of-the-art media centre in place for journalists at the Women's Art Centre of the Y. B. Chavan auditorium, where the meet was slated to kick-start.

A resolution on Maharashtra's drought situation and its handling by the ruling Congress-Nationalist Congress Party coalition would be on the agenda, said the organisers.

India need strong Leader Like MODI & he has Ability (ex:- Development in Gujarat ), for BJP MODI is Good Brand , they should support Him, & minority In Gujarat is also with BJP Because of Development all the Minority (Like Muslim are happily / PEAS fully staying at Gujarat,because that is the only place in India where all the community start the there own Business without any Problem ,
2006 is an incident which need to forget (no one has proper proof for that)

from:  Pratik
Posted on: May 25, 2012 at 13:10 IST

Modi is not Mass killer. Look at the countries dominated by Muslims, and the way they had treated their minorities. Thanks to US which have taken lead in destroying these one by one. Afghan then Pak then Iran .... many more to add.

from:  Ankur
Posted on: May 23, 2012 at 08:47 IST

I think it is unfair to say Modi is a mass-killer before it is proved in the court of law.

from:  Sudha Laxmi
Posted on: May 21, 2012 at 16:56 IST

Modi is not mass-killer. Prove it first.

from:  Haresh Pradhan
Posted on: May 21, 2012 at 16:54 IST

It is a disgrace that a mass-killer like Modi parades himself as the saviour of BJP. This Guy should be locked up for instigating killing of Minority Muslims in 2006. I guess he could do whatever he wants in Gujrat, which is despicable considering India is a secular democracy or is it not ? The Union Government should seriously investigate it like they are still pondering / doing for Advani and his cohorts who instigated the destruction of the Ayodah mosque. That's what BJP stands for discrimination and minorities' killing!

from:  Al Khan
Posted on: May 18, 2012 at 04:31 IST
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