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BJP leaves no room for Bharti's re-entry

December 06, 2005 21:38 IST

Firmly shutting its doors on expelled leader Uma Bharti, the Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday ruled out any scope for her to appeal against the disciplinary action, even as former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee rebutted her charges that the party was 'anti-Other Backward Castes' and its top brass have been 'hijacked'.

"We have not received any letter from her but even if a letter comes, the Parliamentary board can take a decision (on expelling her)," disciplinary committee chairman and former Union minister Ram Naik said in Mumbai, clearly hinting that the former Madhya Pradesh chief minister's fate has been sealed.

In Delhi, Vajpayee said 'there was no truth' in Bharti's allegation that four 'hijackers' (second generation leaders) have controlled the plane, which had Vajpayee and BJP president L K Advani as pilots and party workers as passengers.

"The party is moving forward at its own pace. It is going ahead with the goal in front of it. Nobody has hijacked anybody," he told reporters on the sidelines of a function at the BJP headquarters to observe the 50th death anniversary of B R Ambedkar.

Asked about Bharti's attack on Advani over the Jinnah issue, he said, "That chapter is over. It is not proper to discuss it any further." On Bharti's charge that the party was 'anti-OBC', he said, 'there is no truth in it'.

To a query about the leadership change in BJP, Vajpayee said Advani has already declared his intention to step down and the party need not share its plans with the media.

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