BJP doesn't need Ayodhya: Jaswant

Last Updated: Fri, Feb 08, 2013 06:11 hrs

New Delhi: BJP leader Jaswant Singh has said that his party does not need Ayodhya as a political issue to contest an election.

Speaking to NDTV, Singh said: "Ayodhya is something that the two communities involved should sit together and resolve or the court has to resolve. There is no third way and I don't think that BJP needs it as a political platform to contest an election."

The senior leader, who was part of the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government's cabinet, was careful not to mention anything on Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi as the party's prime ministerial candidate in 2014.

"The president of the party has cautioned the members of the party to stay away from this and I entirely agree, because it's premature and besides, he spelt out that these are individual judgments. It's a collective viewpoint that the parliamentary board of the BJP shall discuss at the appropriate moment," he said.

Singh also emphasized that the BJP was not going to go for a hardline Hindutva approach in the forthcoming general elections.

"BJP continues to have valuable allies in the NDA and to have an NDA is an integrative approach. It's a question of bringing together diverse and immense qualities together and in that diverse society one has to find the HCF, the highest common factor, of equal and committed thought," he said.

More from Sify: