Haridwar: Senior BJP leader and former party president Rajnath Singh has said that he will not claim the post of party president. He further said that BJP will form the next government at the Centre in 2014.

Speaking to reporters, Rajnath defended the BJP national president Nitin Gadkari saying that the government can assign any independent investigation agency to examine the charges against the party chief. He further told that Gadkari himself has said that the government is free to depute any agency to examine alleged graft charges against him.

In response to a question he said that the party has not decided about Gadkari's resignation.  While responding to another query, the former BJP chief said that he is not in the race for the post of party president and denied to contest the election for the same.

He termed the Cabinet reshuffle as a mere strategy to divert public attention from allegedly corrupt ministers.

The former BJP president was present on the third day of 1008 KUNDAI Mahayagna performed by the Bharat Mata Mandir Trust. He visited Yagashala and took the blessings of Swami Satyamitranand Giri. He also emphasized on the need to hold religious ceremonies at regular intervals.

(Agencies)

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