NEW DELHI

A mango party to end bickering in BJP

LUCKNOW, JULY 24. In an effort to end groupism in the State unit, the Uttar Pradesh BJP today held a "mango party" organised by Leader of the Opposition Lalji Tandon, but several important leaders were absent.

The national general secretary, Rajnath Singh, the former Union Minister, Murli Manohar Joshi, and newly appointed State president, Keshrinath Tripathi were among those who attended the party held at the residence of Mr. Tandon here.

However, senior leaders like ex-CM Kalyan Singh, Kalraj Mishra, Om Prakash Singh and former State president Vinay Katiyar were conspicuous by their absence at the gathering.

Talking to mediapersons, Dr. Joshi said it was merely a mango party thrown by Mr. Tandon and people should not look for meanings in it. Mr. Tandon also made it clear that today's function was a get-together for the mediapersons and senior leaders, who were present in the State Capital, simply joined his mango party.

Mr. Tripathi said such type of gatherings create better understanding between party leaders.

He had mentioned, `groupism' in the party as a major concern on the day he took charge as the State president.

Mr. Tripathi and Dr. Joshi, who had clashed over party affairs in Allahabad in the past, were seen sitting side-by-side at the function.

UNI

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