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The Deputy Prime Minister, L.K. Advani, the Bharatiya Janata Party president, Venkaiah Naidu, and RSS leaders, H.V. Seshadiri, Mohan Bhagwat and Madan Das Devi, were also present.
Later, Mr. Naidu said that Kashmir, the northeast insurgency, the Bangladesh influx as also the United States-led attack on Iraq were discussed.
Mr. Naidu said the RSS leaders greeted Mr. Vajpayee on successful completion of five years in office and wished him for Holi. The urgent need for better, closer coordination was also reportedly discussed among various wings of the Sangh Parivar, including the BJP. This is crucial this year when Assembly elections are due, and next year in the run-up to the Lok Sabha election.
A meeting of some senior BJP leaders also took place at the Prime Minister's residence where decisions were taken on the resolutions to be adopted at the coming national executive committee meeting in Indore from April 4.
On March 29, a major rally will be held here to mark the completion of five years in office by the coalition Government led by the BJP.
Mr. Naidu claimed that the five years of Vajpayee rule had been the "best five years" ever since Independence. In fact, he said, if people compared these five years with any five-year span in the previous 47 years in any field of performance, the Vajpayee Government would fare better.
Even in the area of terrorism in Kashmir and elsewhere the Government had performed well, he said.
The Vajpayee Government, he said, had busted the thesis that the BJP could not get out of its isolation and that no non-Congress Government could complete its tenure. The NDA Government "laid firm foundations of a resurgent India" and the "BJP sincerely endeavoured to provide a genuine (political) alternative to the people".
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