`Happenings in BJP not good, stability in parties necessary`
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Last Updated: Saturday, August 29, 2009, 14:42
Ramsar: Apparently not wanting to wade into problems of BJP, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday said what was happening in that party was not good and felt the controversies over Kandahar and Pokhran-II were needless.

In his first comments on the turmoil in BJP, he told reporters here that infighting in that party was "not good".

"It (infighting in BJP) is not good. In a democracy, stability in political parties is necessary. If there is instability, it will have an impact on the country," he said when asked about the crisis in BJP.

Asked whether there was instability in BJP, Singh, who was in Ramsar, about 60 km from Barmer, to see progress of NREGA projects, said there should be stability in all parties.

To questions on the raging controversy over the Kandahar hijack episode arising out of differences among BJP leaders -- LK Advani, Jaswant Singh, Yashwant Sinha besides former National Security Advisor Brajesh Mishra, he said, "what can I say about it. I was not there."

"It is not correct," he said in reply to a question about the atmosphere created by the bad blood between the BJP leaders.

When specifically asked about BJP leaders insisting that Advani was present at a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) on Jaswant Singh going to Kandahar in a plane with three terrorists, the Prime Minister said, "I was not there. Yaswant and Jaswant were there."

Bureau Report

First Published: Saturday, August 29, 2009, 14:42

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