Ram Madhav, BJP General Secretary and a former RSS spokesperson, said that concerns of the veterans had been 'well taken' by the party leadership which had detailed discussions with them.
    
"They had certain concerns about the Bihar outcome. Party has taken their views, observations seriously. Our leaders reached out to them. When you reach out to them, you will have larger discussion for longer duration. We had detailed discussions with them. Our leadership has explained its position to them.
    
"Those concerns were well taken by us... I think broadly that chapter is now over...I hope they are satisfied," Madhav said, while referring to Advani's recent statement to drive home his point.
     
After breathing fire at the BJP leadership, Advani had said last week in Gujarat that "consciousness" in the party had increased following its Bihar loss and also praised the Modi government, saying it is going in the right direction.
     
"So, broadly after our leadership's interactions (with them), things have settled down," Madhav said, adding that the party had learnt its lessons from the defeat but declined to elaborate.
     
Madhav was among the few BJP leaders who had articulated the party's position after Murli Manohar Joshi, Shanta Kumar and Yashwant Sinha besides Advani had issued a public condemnation of the leadership on the Diwali eve, saying the party had been 'emasculated' in the past one year.
     
They had demanded that accountability be fixed for the loss. Senior party leaders, including Arun Jaitley and Rajnath Singh, had met Advani following the outburst.

 

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