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Modi issue: Keshubhai, party rebels meets senior party leaders

August 24, 2005 23:24 IST

Undaunted by Bharatiya Janata Party president L K Advani's praise of  Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, party rebels of the state on Wednesday met a number of senior leaders as part of their efforts to seek Modi's ouster.

"Advani has praised Modi but he has never said that Modi will not be removed," Keshubhai Patel, who is leading the rebels, told reporters in Delhi after holding meetings with Murli Manohar Joshi and party general secretaries Rajnath Singh, Pramod Mahajan and Arun Jaitley.    

Advani, during his visit to Gujarat last week, had lavished praise on Modi, saying he was running the government perfectly well.
Patel said the rebels would definitely meet Advani also with regard to their grievances against Modi.

Also read: Keshubhai hopeful of a leadership change in Gujarat

Patel arrived in Delhi from Gujarat on Tuesday night to join several other rebels who have been camping in the national capital.
To a question about the rebellion in the Gujarat unit, BJP party spokesman V K Malhotra said "we have never said that we will never remove Modi. But it may take place after 5 years or 10 years".

Also read: Anti-Modi campaign intensifies, MLA asks for change of guard

Malhotra said the rebels were entitled to their rights to air their views. "At least, they are doing it within the party and not outside," he said.

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