Yesterday, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari strongly defended PM Modi and Shah and demanded stringent action against those making irresponsible statement and causing damage to the party's image.

Party sources said Rajnath Singh was of the opinion that veterans -- L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi – have experience and have contributed immensely to the growth of the BJP, so the party should listen to them.

Rajnath Singh, a former party president, was not averse to dissenting opinion being expressed within the party fora and felt that corrective steps should be taken rather than crushing it. He was of the opinion that party leaders, including veterans, should not express their views in public but should raise them in party fora, as making public certain things is not good.

Advani, Joshi, senior leaders Shanta Kumar and Yashwant Sinha had attacked PM Modi and Shah in the wake of Bihar debacle, saying the party has been 'emasculated' in the last one year and was being 'forced to kow-tow to a handful'. They demanded a thorough review of the debacle.

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