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Joshi's presence fuels speculation at BJP meet
January 20, 2006 20:56 IST
The presence of former Bharatiya Janata Party General Secretary (Organisation) Sanjay Joshi, who resigned in December following circulation of CDs showing him in poor light, caused flutters at the party's national council meeting in New Delhi on Friday and fuelled speculation about his return to the post.
Even as senior party leaders were busy with the formal "coronation" of Rajnath Singh as party President, television cameras zoomed in on Joshi, who was occupying one of the back seats.
As he came out of the meeting, mediapersons mobbed him and party activists threw a protective ring around him, leading to a scuffle between the journalists and them.
Inside the venue, he freely intermingled with party leaders from across the country.
With the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh unlikely to depute any person to replace Joshi, Singh is expected to keep the post vacant till the inquiry by the Madhya Pradesh Police into the CD case is completed, party sources said.
Bal Apte, another RSS nominee in the party, who is currently Vice-President, is expected to be made a General Secretary, they said.
RSS General Secretary Mohan Bhagwat had recently stated in an interview that the Sangh had "full faith" in Joshi while another senior functionary M G Vaidya had pointed fingers at some party leaders from Delhi and Gujarat for the CDs.
A senior party leader claimed that Joshi's presence was aimed at gauging the mood of the workers and to make his return easier.