Crisis within BJP a passing phase: Sushma Swaraj


"In every political party, there are good and bad phases. This is a passing phase. We will come out of it soon. You can take this as a prophesy," Swaraj said in reply to a question on the internal squabbles in the BJP and its defeats in recent elections.
She was speaking at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit here.
The BJP leader was replying to a question on whether the crisis-hit party was in a position to provide leadership to the country. The BJP has been in trouble since the release of Jaswant Singh's book - "Jinnah - India, Partition and Independence", in which the founder of Pakistan, Mohammed Ali Jinnah, was not portrayed as such a bogeyman as he usually is in India.
Singh was expelled from the party -- a move that fuelled criticism within and without the party.
Sushma Swaraj, who has often been dubbed the successor of party senior L.K. Advani if he decides to retire from politics, refused to comment on the issue.
"I do not want to reply to speculations. I am speaking in my party's interest. These are all rumours," she said.
To a question on the ongoing power struggle in the party unit in Karnataka, where it is in power, Swaraj said the problem would be resolved "in a day or two".
When asked specifically about the problems in the BJP unit in Karnataka, where the Reddy brothers are claiming the support of 60 party MLAs and demanding that Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa should step down, Swaraj said the crisis would be resolved "in a day or two".
She refuted reports that the party central leadership had asked her to placate the dissidents.
"I have not been deputed to talk to them. M Venkaiah Naidu and Arun Jaitley have been given this responsibility and they are in touch with the group," she said.
In reply to another question on whether mining interests of Bellary brothers were the reason behind the dissidence, Swaraj said, "In this crisis, there is no mining interest."

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