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Rajnath Singh to take over as BJP chief today
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 1
Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Rajnath Singh’s new innings will begin tomorrow when he assumes charge of the BJP, succeeding Mr L.K. Advani who stepped down as the party president yesterday.

After taking over charge at 11, Ashok Road party Headquarters, Mr Singh will address his first press conference as party chief, BJP Media Cell National Convener Siddarth Nath Singh informed here.

Mr Singh is the third party president in 15 months as Mr M. Venkaiah Naidu had to step down as party president midway in October 2004, while Mr Advani, who took over the reins then, resigned yesterday bowing to pressure from the RSS over his controversial remarks on Jinnah.

The BJP President-designate yesterday said he did not see his job as a challenge and joint efforts will be made by party leaders to deal with the challenges effectively. He also asserted there was no infighting in the party.

“Throughout my political career, I have never considered anything as a challenge but always tried to find a solution to problems,” he said.

Asked what was the biggest challenge before him as party chief and how he would face it, Mr Singh said, “Almighty has always helped me in finding a solution to problems.” To a question, he said, “There were no internal differences in the party in the past. Nor there will be in the future.”

On UP Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav’s reported accusation that there was a nexus between him and the mafia, Mr Singh said, “He should initiate a CBI inquiry in this regard.”

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