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Mahajan disagrees with Rajnath over Uma Bharti
January 10, 2006 19:03 IST
Bharatiya Janata Party general secretary Pramod Mahajan on Tuesday ruled out any possibilty of reviewing the suspension of Uma Bharti.
Contradicting BJP president Rajnath Singh, who had said Bharti's case could be reviewed, Mahajan, addressing a news conference here, said the case was closed 'for once and for all'.
"The party's highest body had taken the decision after much discussion and it is irreversible," he said. When it was pointed out that the new BJP president had made a contrary statement in this regard, Mahajan said he was ignorant of it.
Negating reports that intra-party feuds had taken a toll in the party's base, Mahajan said, "Look at Gujarat, where everyone in the party is supposed to be against each other and, yet, we won 90 percent seats in the local bodies."
Speaking about the phone-tapping issue, the former Union minister said it was a serious matter and needs to be dealt with immediately. "When Amar Singh raised the matter, nobody believed him. But, today, the fact remains that three persons were arrested and police is on the look-out for another three," he added.
He expressed suspicions that his phone was also been tapped, though he had no concrete proof.
With regards to elections in Assam, Mahajan hinted at a possible alliance with the Asom Gana Parishad and said the BJP was ready to forge alliances with any party with the aim of defeating the Congress in the state.
Meanwhile, the party announced a Parivarthan Yatra from February 5 from four different corners of the state, which would converge on February 19 for a massive rally to be attended by party president Rajnath Singh.