"I was also present there. No such discussion took place," party chief Rajnath Singh said.

He said Advani called him up to express his surprise about the report.

"Advaniji asked me what this (news) is when nothing like that transpired in the meeting," Rajnath Singh said.

Another senior leader Venkaiah Naidu said such reports are "totally baseless and nothing could be farther from truth than this falsehood".

In a statement, the former BJP president said, "It is unfair to attribute falsehood to the tallest political personality of India with the comments he never made."

Expressing surprise at the media report, the BJP leader said the facts had not been verified. "I am confident that no BJP leader worth the name would has told the reporter about such falsehood," he added.

There was, however, no word from Advani on the matter.

The media report said Advani had made such comments at the February 27 meeting of BJP's central election committee, but Naidu said no such discussion took place at the meeting as he was himself present at the meeting.


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