Debating India

BJP sells cow urine, dung at national meet

Tuesday 5 April 2005

New Delhi, April 5: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi remained the star attraction at the special session of the BJP National Executive meeting on Tuesday even after the party ruled out any change in the state leadership and the issue of visa denial by US died down over the past few days.

Mediapersons beseiged Modi as he arrived at the Ambedkar stadium, renamed Deendayal Nagar, to attend the meeting but he declined to comment on any issue, including the dissidence within the state unit of the party. His critics from the state including Keshubhai Patel and Kashiram Rana were also present.

State party chief Rajendra Singh Rana merely said, ’things are improving’.

As the saffron party celebrated its silver jubilee, the only former president who appeared to hog the limelight was M. Venkaiah Naidu. "No decision has been taken. You are talking about a de-promotion", he said when asked about reports in a section of the media that he was being made the senior vice-president of the party.

Other past presidents of the party, including Murli Manohar Joshi, Jana Krishnamurthy and Bangaru Laxman too were present at the meeting.

Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee,party president L.K. Advani and leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Jaswant Singh were the only three leaders present on the dais. But a wag asked, "who among the three are the progenitor, preserver and destroyer?".

With Hindutva and Ram temple no more selling as hot cakes, the party has set up counters to sell not only propaganda material but also products made of cow dung and urine. The party had recently opened a stall at its headquarters also to sell these items.

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