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Vajpayee refutes remour on BJP's PM candidate - The Times of India

Times of India News Service ()
February 3, 1998

Title: Vajpayee refutes remour on BJP's PM candidate
Author: Times of India News Service
Publication: The Times of India
Date: February 3, 1998

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Atal Behari Vajpayee said on
Monday there were no differences between him and L. K. Advani "as
is being made out in some mischievous reports."

Mr Vajpayee said, "There is a rumour that I am the prime minister
till the elections, it will be Advaniji after that." He gave this
larification" at a public meeting of the party here.

"This is a propaganda spread by the rivals of the BJP as they
have run out of ideas against our party, Mr Vajpayee said. Mr
Advani came late and refused to address the meeting though he was
scheduled to.

Another clarification issued at the meeting was by the allies
such as the Shiv Sena and the Samata Party - on reports of
differences with the BJP over a common minimum programme.

Shiv Sena leader and Maharashtra chief minister Manohar Joshi
said, "There is a general agreement on the need for literacy,
checking population growth and national pride." Samata Party's
Geroge Fernandes added his bit to this list.

The leaders of the allied parties and the BJP emphasised the
unity of the alliances, saying it was a long- term arrangement,
and not just for five years.

The rally was attended by the chief ministers of Maharashtra,
Punjab (Prakash Singh Badal), Haryana (Bansi Lal), Rajasthan
(Bhairon Singh Shekhawat), Delhi (Sahib Singh), and George
Fernandes.

Those who could not make it were Lok Shakti chief Ramakrishna
Hegde, who was represented by Jeevraj Alva, AIADMK general
secretary J. Jayalalitha and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan
Singh.

The huge crowd which filled up every inch of the Ambedkar Stadium
was waiting to hear the party's candidate for the post of prime
minister. Starting with the "clarification, " Mr Vajpayee did
not, however, say clearly whether he will be the prime minister,
or Mr Advani. Instead, he launched a scathing attack on the rival
parties.

hey are frightened by the progress of our influence," Mr
Vajpayee said.


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