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Cautious BJP seeks clarification; Shourie says will respond

The BJP has sought a clarification from Arun Shourie over his fusillade against the leadership yesterday while RSS has refused to interfere.

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Treading cautiously after the criticism over the summary expulsion of Jaswant Singh, the BJP today sought a "clarification" from senior leader Arun Shourie over his fusillade against the leadership yesterday.

"The party has called for a clarification from Mr Arun Shourie (over his remarks yesterday). This is not a show-cause notice. Nor has he been sent a notice seeking explanation. Only a clarification has been sought," BJP spokesman Prakash Javadekar said today.

The party was making an exhaustive compilation of his statements in the recent past and is likely to put it to him in a day or two for a detailed reply, party sources said.

Shourie meanwhile said he would
give a clarification and that his ties with the party had not

"If there is any ambiguity and the party President and
others have asked for clarification, I will clarify. There is
no problem," Shourie told reporters when asked to respond to
the party`s decision to seek a clarification from him for his

"I am in touch with them. Meri puri tarah se kutti nahi
(my ties with party have not snapped)," the former Union
Minister said.

He said he had not received any notice from the party
leadership and that he had come to know about it through the

Earlier in the day, Shourie refused to speak further on
the happenings in BJP.

"I will not say anything. Whatever I have said, I have
said....I will speak when the party takes a view (on the
issue)," he said.

The BJP has been treading cautiously on action against
Shourie, in sharp contrast to the summary expulsion of Jaswant
Singh even without any show cause notice.

BJP divided?

But the party leadership was divided over initiating disciplinary action against him.

At an evening meeting of BJP general secretaries chaired by Rajnath Singh, one section advocated action against Shourie and another sought a middle path. Party sources said the final call was likely to be taken at another meeting at the residence of BJP veteran L.K. Advani late in the evening.

Party leaders who were crying for Shourie`s head till Tuesday morning were tightlipped.

"There were two opinions at the general secretaries` meeting. One, he should be sacked just like Jaswant Singh. Another was that the party could not just go on a sacking spree and must address the real issues," a BJP leader told news agencies.

"At the same time, to ensure a wrong message did not go out, the party may decide to issue Shourie a showcause notice and the leadership may hold personal meetings with him," the source said, pleading anonymity since he is not authorised to speak on internal party issues.

The party, which has chosen not to suspend or issue a show-cause notice to Shourie, was at pains to explain the nature of its course of action today apparently with a view to avoiding criticism that has come forth its way in the wake of the swift expulsion of Jaswant Singh last week following his book on Jinnah.

Shourie, who had been critical of the party after the Lok Sabha debacle, yesterday let loose a barrage of attack on the leadership calling it "Humpty Dumpty", "Alice in Blunderland" and "Tarzan".

He wanted the take over of the party by the RSS, removing the present leadership lock, stock and barrel saying it was self-serving in nature and was involved in "mutual projection and mutual protection".

Crisis BJP’s internal matter: RSS

In a clear snub to Arun Shourie, the RSS
refused to intervene in the crisis faced by the BJP and termed the whole issue as “internal matter” of the party.

"I want to say this clearly that it is not the job of the RSS," Madhav said adding, “RSS would provide help and advice to the BJP but the political work has to be managed by them."

Referring to Shourie`s contention that the BJP leadership is not able to handle the situation, the RSS spokesman said, "Whatever is there, it is their work to think about it."

"The job of analysing and taking the right decision is party`s discretion, not ours," he said.

Asked if the RSS was worried over the recent developments in the BJP, he said, "tHe view of the RSS has already been voiced by our chief (Mohan Bhagwat). He also said what the organisation expects from its swayamsevaks. We don`t need to make special comments."

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