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Modi takes on Cong, cadres flaunt Joshi masks

Reflecting a deep divide on the unceremonious exit of Sanjay Joshi from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Joshi' supporters put up posters again on Sunday targeting the Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi. The posters were put up in Rajkot, on the second day of the party's state executive meet and the day when Modi addressed the BJP workers.

The posters that appeared near the venue of of the meeting read 'Sanjay Joshi aage badho, hum tumhare saath hai'. Apart from this, other posters that appeared in the city directly targeted Modi: 'Follow Raj dharma and party dharma', read the posters. They referred to the advice given by the former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's to Modi, when he asked the Gujarat chief minister to follow
raj dharma
during the 2002 riots in the state.

Apart from the posters, Joshi's supporters wore Sanjay Joshi masks and distributed pamphlets that had headings like 'I am Sanjay Joshi'; 'I am RSS volunteer'; I do not sell grazing land to industrialists'; 'I do not do massacre for political power''; and, 'I do not go against the party line by thinking of becoming the prime minister'. These pamphlets attacked Modi directly.

This was the third time that such posters appeared in the state. Joshi had left the party last week, as it was being alleged that Modi had exerted pressure on the national leadership to ensure Joshi's exit from the party. However, the BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain ruled out any differences in the party. 'Everything is all right in the Bharatiya Janata Party. We are preparing for the 2014 Lok Sabha election,' said Hussain.

While Joshi vs Modi debate hogged the limelight at state executive meet in Rajkot, Modi attacked the UPA government in his speech, saying that the Congress would be wiped out in the 2012 assembly election in the state. 'We have been winning elections since 2002, and Gujarat has turned electoral politics into developmental politics. People will vote us to power again this year,' said Modi.
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