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New Delhi: Former finance minister Yashwant Sinha met BJP patriarch L.K. Advani on Wednesday, a day after the BJP’s old guard, including Advani took on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah, and demanded “thorough review” of the Bihar assembly poll debacle.

Meanwhile, union minister Nitin Gadkari defended Modi and Shah and demanded action against leaders who make unwarranted statements.

However, there was no official word either from Advani or from Sinha, but sources said that the old guard of the BJP was not satisfied by a mere statement issued by the party on Tuesday night after their joint statement.

The meeting took place at Advani’s residence and lasted for around 40 minutes.

Sources said union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and former Delhi mayor Arti Mehra were also present at Advani’s residence when Sinha reached there.

In a virtual challenge to Modi’s leadership who became the prime minister in May 2014, former party presidents Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, former union minister Yashwant Sinha and former Himachal Pradesh chief minister Shanta Kumar said on Tuesday in a joint statement that the Bihar defeat showed that the BJP had learnt nothing from its crushing defeat by the AAP in Delhi in February.

The BJP, in a statement, later said it was “fortunate” to have been led by leaders like Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Advani for decades, and welcomed any guidance and suggestion from the party’s “seniors” on victories and defeats.

Meanwhile, Gadkari defended Modi and Shah, saying everyone in the party was responsible for the Bihar debacle.

“We are not a party of mother-son, father-son. Neither are we a party of a specific family. The BJP is a party of cadres. It’s not a party of any leader. When we win, the party wins and when we lose, the party gets defeated,” Gadkari told reporters.

He also said the BJP had lost elections under Advani’s leadership too.

“The BJP lost elections under party veteran Advani too,” he said.

“The Bihar debacle is the collective responsibility of the party and not of any individual. I have told party chief Shah to initiate stringent action against those making irresponsible statements and causing damage to the party’s image,” Gadkari said.

(IANS)

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Modi is anti-Dalit, will defeat BJP in 2019: Rahul Gandhi

Gandhi also accused the government of suppressing and intimidating the media

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government of being anti-Dalit and said his party will defeat the BJP in 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Gandhi, who led his party’s day-long fast at Rajghat to highlight atrocities against Dalits and other communities, said party workers were protesting against an ideology, a way of thinking.

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Rahul Gandhi is against Modi and his rule.

“The atmosphere that has been created in the country, it is due to the ideology of the BJP. BJP’s ideology is to divide the country, crush the Dalits, tribals, minorities. We are against the ideology of the BJP. We are standing against it today, we will stand against it throughout our lives. And we will defeat them in the 2019 elections,” Gandhi told reporters.

Asked about BJP Dalit MPs writing to Modi with their complaints, Gandhi said: “You talk to them in Parliament. They also tell us that Modiji is a casteist person, an anti-Dalit person. He has no place for Dalits in his heart, the whole country knows this. It is not a secret.”

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Gandhi attacked BJP President Amit Shah for likening the coming together of opposition parties to “snakes, mongoose, dogs and cats” climbing a tree trunk to save themselves from floods. He said every person in the country was against the BJP.

“Some days back a BJP leader said that opposition members were animals. The truth is that today every person in the country is standing against the government. The approach that this government has against Dalits, tribals, minorities and farmers, we are standing against it,” he said. Gandhi said the country will not accept that Modi government “spreads violence, hatred in the country… We are standing here against this ideology.”

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Gandhi also accused the government of suppressing and intimidating the media. “You are standing on the other side but in actuality you are standing on our side as we are protecting you also. You are smiling, I know. We are fighting for you as well.” IANS