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Rajnath axed Modi after talks with Vajpayee, Advani
Onkar Singh in New Delhi | February 01, 2007 17:21 IST
Last Updated: February 01, 2007 17:44 IST
Asserting that it was party president's prerogative, the BJP Thursday said the decision to drop Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi from the Parliamentary Board and Arun Jaitley as spokesman was taken after Rajnath Singh held consultations with senior leaders Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L K Advani.
"It is the prerogative of the party president to appoint the national executive and office-bearers, but he (Singh) held wide consultations with the seniors (Vajpayee and Advani) and colleagues before constituting the team," BJP spokesman Prakash Javadekar said.
Asked if Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was dropped from the parliamentary board was part of the collective decision, Javdekar said that this could be assumed. "Naturally the senior leadership of the party was consulted by Rajnath Singh while making list of the new office bearers," he said
Modi has been fuming and fretting at the treatment meted out to him by the party leadership. Though the party leaders admit that the time had come to clip Modi's wings as he had started becoming bigger than the party itself no one was willing to go on record for fear of retaliation by Modi.
Modi was dropped from the BJP's parliamentary board, the party's highest decision-making body. In his comments to the Lucknow executive last month, Singh told his colleagues that restrain should be exercised while speaking to the media.