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Sonia's election 'unfortunate:' BJP

May 15, 2004 13:09 IST

The BJP on Saturday termed as 'unfortunate' Sonia Gandhi's election as leader of the Congress Parliamentary Party and said it would keep a 'close watch' on all issues of national importance.

'It is unfortunate that the Congress party could not find as its leader a person of Indian origin from among a population of 100 crores,' party general secretary and spokesman Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said in a statement. 

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'Our best wishes are with the new government but we will keep a close watch on all issues of national importance,' he said.

Despite the stunning verdict against the party, BJP President M Venkaiah Naidu had on Friday asserted that his party continued to believe that high constitutional posts should not be held by people of foreign origin.

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