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Rajnath Singh to take over as BJP chief Monday
January 01, 2006 16:59 IST
Rajnath Singh will take over as Bharatiya Janata Party president Monday, succeeding Lal Kishenchand Advani who stepped down Saturday.
After taking over charge at 11, Ashok Road party headquarters, Singh will address his first press conference as party chief, BJP's national convener, media cell, Siddarth Nath Singh said.
Singh is the third party president in 15 months.
Venkaiah Naidu had to step down as party president midway in October 2004 while Advani, who took over the reins then, resigned Saturday bowing to the pressure from Rashtriya Swyamsevak Sangh over his controversial remarks on Jinnah.
The BJP president-designate Saturday said he did not see his job as a challenge and joint efforts will be made by party leaders to deal with challeges effectively.
He also asserted that there was no infighting within the party.