1.25pm: Maneka Gandhi on Varun Gandhi
"I am very happy. I hope he will carry out his responsibilities with love and wisdom," BJP leader Maneka Gandhi told ANI on Varun Gandhi's appointment.
1.15pm: Union Minister Kapil Sibal on Amit Shah, Narendra Modi
"Jiske ke khilaf itna serious case chal raha ho usse maha sachiv banaya hai, BJP barbadi ki aur chal rahi hai (The person who has been appointed as general secretary has got serious charges against him. The BJP is going towards self-destruction," Union IT Minister Kapil Sibal told ANI on making Amit Shah the general secretary of the BJP.
"The fight is between Modi and BJP," Sibal said.
1.18pm: Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi on Narendra Modi
"It is just a post. Why is there such a noise? Everyone has the right to dream. Even Narendra Modi can dream of becoming the prime minister," Modi said on the possibility of Narendra Modi being chosen as the BJP's prime ministerial candidate.
1.05pm JDU leader Neeraj Kumar on Modi's elevation
"The PM should be a secular person and must be willing to develop backward states. There is still time to choose a prime ministerial candidate of the NDA," said Bihar JDU leader Neeraj Kumar.
1.00pm: BJP spokesman Prakash Javadekar
"Modiji is one of the popular leaders of the country and that is why he is in the Parliamentary Board," said BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar.
12.45pm: BJP leader Vinay Katiyar on Varun Gandhi
"It seems the Gandhi name works in the BJP as well," said BJP leader Vinay Katiyar on the elevation of Varun Gandhi as party general secretary.
12.30pm: Bihar BJP leader CP Thakur
"Good to see a new team. Hope this team will give a good alternative to the UPA," Bihar BJP leader CP Thakur told IBN7.
12.20pm: Activist Teesta Setalvad 0n Amit Shah
"It is a challenge for the people of India. At the moment there are serious charges against Amit Shah including planning a mass murder. The people of India must decide whether such a person should be in such a position," activist Teesta Setalvad told IBN7 0n the elevation of Amit Shah as a BJP general secretary.
12.15pm: Congress' Rashid Alvi on the new BJP team
"I don't want to comment on the BJP's new team. It has every right to form a new team. The 2014 Lok Sabha polls are far away. Their first test is Karnataka," Congress' Rashid Alvi said.
"Grateful to Rajnathji for trusting me. Will keep the faith that he has shown in me," newly appointed BJP vice president Uma Bharti told ANI.
11.51am: Former Karnataka chief minister Sadananda Gowda
"I hope this time NDA will be in power and Narendra Modi will lead," former Karnataka chief minister Sadananda Gowda told ANI on BJP's new team.
11.15 am BJP vice president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi
"The team was made after consultations with senior leaders by party president Rajnath Singh. The appointments were carefully made by keeping in mind the strengths of each appointee. This is a perfect team," said BJP vice president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.
"The new team was made keeping in mind the geographical and caste equations. Fair amount of representatives are from the SC/ST, women and youth. This team was formed to provide an alternative to the inefficient and corrupt UPA government," said Naqvi.
Attacking the Congress in course of the media interaction, he said, "The Congress has accepted defeat even before going to the battle."
10.30 am BJP announces National Office Bearers 2013
BJP president Rajnath Singh announced the names of central office bearers of the party re-inducting Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi to the central parliamentary board after a gap of six years.
Among popular figures who got significant positions in the team are Smriti Irani, Amit Shah, Varun Gandhi, Ramlal and Uma Bharti among others.
First Published On : Mar 31, 2013 13:25 IST