Rajnath Singh steers diplomatic course on Narendra Modi, says no race in BJP for PM's post

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About various problem confronting the party, the new BJP Chief said, "whatever little problems are there, will be sorted out soon through talks within".

On Karnataka, he said, the party will put its house in order but skirted questions about any possibility of a future tie-up with Yeddyurappa's party in the southern state.

It was under Singh's previous tenure as party president that BJP for the first time hoisted its flag in the South by setting up a government of its own. Karnataka goes to polls later this year.

On his role of leading the party in the run up to next general elections, he said, "it is not me alone who will do everything. I do not live in this illusion. I will work

together with the party and do everything to bring it to power in 2014 with the support and cooperation of all in the party."

He said the nation is looking at BJP with a lot of hope as the Congress-led UPA government has not lived up to the expectations of the people and failed on all fronts.

Lashing out at Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde for his Hindu terror remarks, Singh charged the ruling Congress with indulging in vote bank politics by "deliberately" making such statements through Ministers.

Singh said the country's prestige has been affected due to the Home Minister's remarks and demanded answer from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

Singh questioned the "silence" of PM and the Congress chief on the issue.

"India's prestige has suffered a dent at the international level. I am surprised that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi have not uttered a word on such an important issue which affects the image of the country.

"If the country's Prime Minister or President of the ruling party do not speak up on such issues, how will this nation run," the BJP chief said.

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