New BJP chief Rajnath tells Gadkari ‘you are not alone’

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Speaking to the media later, Singh said enhancing "mutual coordination" within the party leadership was on top of his agenda. "Enhancing mutual coordination is a priority for me," he said.

"I called up Shri Rajnath Singhji and congratulated him. He brings with him vast experience of both organisation and administration," tweeted Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi earlier in the day. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan chose to be present for Singh's election.

While the BJP is likely to hold its national council meeting in mid-February to ratify his election, Singh indicated today that he would continue with the existing central office bearers till then.

Advani today also hoped that Singh would restore the BJP's glory in Uttar Pradesh, which holds the key to the party's performance in the Lok Sabha polls next year. Singh faces an uphill task in this context, given the BJP's poor performance during the UP Assembly elections less than a year ago.

He also faces the challenge of halting the BJP's decline in Karnataka, following the exit of party stalwart B S Yeddyurappa. Singh today did not rule out the possibility of trying to get Yeddyurappa back in the party fold.

Addressing party workers gathered at the BJP headquarters, Singh attacked the ruling Congress and exhorted the cadres to bring the "BJP-led NDA" to power. He targeted Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde for his "Hindu terror" remarks and alleged that this was part of Congress's attempts to infuse "communal poison" in the society. Defending RSS as a "nationalist organisation", he alleged that the Congress was trying to malign it.

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