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Party will decide on LK Advani's role at right time; Rajnath Singh will continue to steer party: Nitin Gadkari

Wednesday, 14 May 2014 - 12:33pm IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: dna webdesk

An "appropriate decision at an appropriate time" will be taken by the BJP on the role of party veteran LK Advani, former party chief Nitin Gadkari said on Wednesday.

Gadkari, along with party president Rajnath Singh and leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley, will meet prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in Gandhinagar on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the post poll scenario.

Asked about the role for Advani, one of the founder members of the party, Gadkari said: "Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Advani are our founder members, our most senior leaders. The party's parliamentary board will take an appropriate decision at an appropriate time."

Gadkari, who was removed as party chief after he faced allegations of irregularities by a business group floated by him, said Rajnath Singh will continue to steer the party even after government formation as he did ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. "Rajnath Singh is our party president, Narendra Modi is our prime ministerial candidate, but the guidance of Advani is very important." 

Making it clear that he had never asked for anything, the former BJP chief said that he has a strong conviction that politics is a instrument of socio-economic reforms. "No...this type of promise has never been given to me by anybody. I am not expecting that. My role whatever it may be it, will be decided by the party," Gadkari, who recently got a clean chit form the income tax department, said. "For that purpose my conviction is country first, party second party after that I consider myself," he said.

He said that it was up to the party president and senior leaders to decide whichever role was right for him.

Gadkari said that under the leadership of Rajnath Singh and Narendra Modi, the party will work to form a government and there was no question about change in leadership.

Asked if L K Advani would be offered the post of speaker, he said A B Vajpayee and Advani were the founders of the party. "They are the motivation and inspiration for all of us. Ultimately at the appropriate time, we will discuss the issue with them and it is up to the party to take a decision," he said.

Asked about alliances, he said the NDA will get a majority and the party's doors are open to parties which wants to join it. "The question is not of minority or majority. Whoever wants to join us we'll take them together. Those who are against despite their resistance (virodh)...whoever will support we'll take their support.

"We have a broad approach. Our party is not a father-son or a mother-son party. Ours is a democratic party and we sit, discuss and decide. We will decide under the leadership of our leaders. Today there is no confusion or aggression in the party," Gadkari said.

Sources said the Bharatiya Janata Party has been pondering over what role to assign to Advani and senior party leader Murli Manohar Joshi, both decades senior to Modi. Asked if talks are being held with NDA allies over government formation, Gadkari said: "There are no talks with the NDA (allies) yet. We have not discussed anything and have not even thought about it."

He said the party is "confident of a majority" and those who wanted to support it are "welcome".Gadkari later met Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj, who has been largely keeping to herself.

(With agency inputs)

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