New Delhi: BJP leader Yashwant Sinha on Sunday slammed reports that he was "anti-Modi" and said that he was the first in the party to speak for the Gujarat Chief Minister.

Modi to head 2014 election campaign committee

"In the last three days I have been shown as anti-Modi and pro-Advani...the fact is I have spoken to none of them. I was one of the first in the BJP to speak for Modi," Sinha said following the appointment of Narendra Modi as the party's campaign chief for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

The announcement on Modi's new responsibility was made by BJP president Rajnath Singh at the end of the party's national executive committee in Goa, which saw wrangling between a section backed by party patriarch LK Advani, who was opposing Modi's ascent, and another group backing Modi's candidature.

Advani, Sinha and some other senior leaders skipped the conclave. While Advani cited "ill-health", Sinha said he had "personal reasons" for not attending the meet and was "entitled to my privacy”.

(Agencies)

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