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Ruptures in BJP revealed at national executive
September 21, 2007 16:33 IST
Divisions in Gujarat Bharatiya Janata Party were visible at the party's national executive committee meeting, which commenced in Bhopal on Friday with two prominent detractors of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi -- former chief ministers Keshubhai Patel and Suresh Mehta -- staying away.
Vajpayee hopes to be active soon:Amidst questions about leadership in BJP, unwell former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee expressed confidence that he will soon be able to be 'in the midst' of partymen.
In an open letter to partymen released at the party's national executive, he said the country was going through difficult times and the party had to meet the 'expectations' of the people.
'I regret not being amongst you despite my desire because of medical advice,' the 82-year-old veteran said, seeking the indulgence of his party leaders for his absence.
'Because of your good wishes, my health is improving and soon, I will be able to be in your midst,' Vajpayee said.
Observing that the national executive was being held at a time when the country was passing through 'difficult times,' he said there was 'political instability and uncertainty' at the Centre.
'The country's strategic interests are being impacted upon and desperate ruling coalition was hurting the sentiments of the people,' the former prime minister said.