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BJP silent on Mahajan's remark about Priyanka, Rahul

January 27, 2004 19:55 IST

The Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday chose to remain silent on Pramod Mahajan's new twist to the foreign origin issue apparently targeting Priyanka and Rahul Gandhi.

The party general secretary wants the prime ministership to be restricted to only those born of Indian parents.

To compound matters, Union Minister Rajnath Singh has said that there is no bar on Rahul and Priyanka becoming prime ministers and the issue is only aimed at Sonia Gandhi.

Despite repeated attempts at the party's press briefing, BJP spokesman Prakash Javadekar parried all queries on the issue. He suggested that Mahajan's statement may have been taken out of context but did say that there is 'no difference between what they (Mahajan and Rajnath Singh) are saying'.

When reporters persisted, Javadekar said there is no need for them to bother as 'people of the country are not going to give any opportunity to them (Rahul or Priyanka)'.

Meanwhile, Mahajan's statement sparked off angry protests from youth Congress workers in Kolkata. They staged a demonstration and burnt the former Union minister's effigy.

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Sub: Sonia

Mahajan, as usual, has planted his foot in the mouth with customary élan. This acolyte conveniently forgets that his pal, Advani was born in Pakistan. ...

Posted by GB

Sub: What is wrong with Mahajan's statement?

It is well known that our babus can stoop to any level to get votes and Mahajan is no angel. Afterall, this is just another ...

Posted by Hemant Krishna V.

Sub: Pramod Mahajan's comments

I think if this statement attributed to Mr Mahajan is really made by him, he is carrying this issue too far. Requiring a person to ...

Posted by srikrishna



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