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Vajpayee showers praise on Naidu, Advani
June 18, 2003 18:25 IST
Putting behind the bitterness of the 'lauh purush-vikas purush' controversy, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Wednesday showered praise on Bharatiya Janata Party president M Venkaiah Naidu for his 'tireless efforts' to enliven the activities of the party.
Though the BJP and its National Democratic Alliance partners later reaffirmed their confidence in Vajpayee in a flurry of nervous statements and Naidu himself said that Vajpayee would continue to be the prime minister for many more years, the ugly controversy exposed the power struggle in the party.
The words of encouragement from Vajpayee in Uttan must have come as a great relief to Naidu.
Vajpayee exhorted party workers to bear in mind that "political power has an intrinsic quality of reducing people's trust in rulers. Therefore, our conduct in government and as functionaries of the ruling party should be such so as to neutralise this trust-eroding quality of power."
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