BJP was at pains today to deny reports that senior leader L K Advani will not be part of the decision-making process in the organisation and party Chief Rajnath Singh termed such speculation as "hypothetical and baseless".
Talking to reporters in Kolkata, Singh sought to rubbish reports that Advani will have no role in the formation of his new team and confabulations on other issues.
"As far as Advaniji is concerned, he is the senior-most leader of our party. He is not only our leader but also our guide (Margdarshak)," Singh said.
"And, I can say one thing, Advaniji's contribution in taking BJP to a national level cannot be forgotten. So, these rumours of Advaniji being kept out of the decision-making body is totally hypothetical and baseless," Singh added.
BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain denied the reports, saying "such reports are without any substance. They are baseless and not true. Nobody in the party has given any such statement."
The party also downplayed Advani's comments that the people are "somewhat disillusioned" with the main opposition and maintained that the party will work on his suggestions.
"Advani is a senior leader of BJP. He pats our back when we achieve something but also points out our weaknesses and shortcomings. We will work on them," BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain told reporters in reply to a question.
Advani had told a weekly magazine that though people are unhappy with Congress and want to vote it out, they are "somewhat disillusioned" with BJP as well.
At the BJP National Council Meet here on March, Advani had criticised the party leadership for being "slack" in dealing with the corruption charges against the Karnataka government.
Advani was referring to then party President Nitin Gadkari and his team not taking prompt action in asking BS Yeddyurappa to quit as Chief Minister after he was indicted by the Karnataka Lokayukta in mining scam.