No rift between BJP leaders and Advani: Rajnath Singh

New Delhi, Sept 16 (ANI): Hours after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veteran L.K. Advani publicly praised the party's prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, BJP President Rajnath Singh said on Monday that there is no rift between the party and Advani.

"Of course, why wouldn't he (Advani) praise Modi? He (Modi) has been in Advaniji's good books always. Everything is alright, and there is no rift between us," he said.

BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, echoing similar sentiments, said all those who thought Advani was upset over the anointment of Modi as prime ministerial candidate, were wrong.

"Those who thought that Advaniji was upset over the anointment of Narendra Modi as the BJP's PM candidate were wrong," he said.

Advani, who was addressing a rally in Chhattisgarh earlier in the day, publicly praised Modi for the first time on his elevation.

"Gujarat has improved a lot in infrastructure and electricity. I give this example because, Narendra Modi, who my party has appointed as the 2014 PM candidate, has done a lot for the development of the state of Gujarat," he said.

This was Advani's first public appearance since he objected to the BJP's decision to declare Modi as its choice for prime minister on Friday.

Advani had also written a letter to BJP president Rajnath Singh to express his disappointment over the latter's style of functioning. (ANI)


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