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Gujarat: Advani asks Modi dissidents to respect 'limits and boundaries'

August 27, 2005 23:11 IST

Bharatiya Janata Party president Lal Kishenchand Advani on Saturday asked dissidents in the party's Gujarat unit seeking removal of Chief Minister Narendra Modi not to cross "limits and boundaries" in resolving differences within the party framework.

"Some legislators may have personal differences. But all differences should be dealt with amicably within the party framework," Advani told media persons at Jamnagar when asked about the brewing discontent among BJP legislators of the state.

"The unrest within the party will not affect the development of the state," Advani said. This is Advani's second visit within a fortnight to the state where a faction of BJP has been demanding a change of leadership.

Can't work under Advani: Khurana

BJP leader Madan Lal Khurana -- who has been since suspended - had written a letter to Advani supporting the demands of some of the state MLAs who, led by veteran BJP leader Keshubhai Patel, have been demanding Modi's ouster.

However, during his visit on August 20 and 21, Advani had praised Modi's "honest" goverance and "capable" leadership.

Advani praises Modi government

Earlier, while addressing a gathering at the inauguration of an administrative complex of the Jamnagar Municipal Corporation, Advani stressed the need for political parties to stop bickering and concentrate on development of the nation.

"The idea of progressive nation should be the centre of politics. Parties should concentrate on development rather than on political conflicts," Advani said.

The BJP president continued his praise for Modi and the development of the state under him. Appreciating the developmental projects carried out by the state government, he said, "Even the Centre has been forced to implement some of the development projects implemented by Gujarat like disaster management, special economic zones and others."

Modi was present with Advani at the JMC programme and also at the function organised by Gujarat Maritime Board.

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