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Advani is not opposing Modi's elevation as campaign chief: Sumit Pande


Updated: June 7, 2013, 6:17 PM IST
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Advani is not opposing Modi's elevation as campaign chief: Sumit Pande
Will the BJP meet in Goa witness the formal elevation of Modi as the party's face for the general elections?

Amid reports that the RSS has given a green signal to Narendra Modi being named as the BJP's campaign committee chief for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, party veteran lK Advani has decided not to attend the Goa meet. Other prominent leaders who are not attending the meet include Jaswant Singh, Varun Gandhi, Shatrughan Sinha and Ravi Shankar Prasad. CNN-IBN's deputy bureau chief Sumit Pande joined IBNLive readers for an interaction on the issue.

Q. There are a lot of people who will vote for BJP only because of Modi in states where BJP is weak and needs to recover. Infact many openly say "Modi Nahi to vote nahi" and place him above the politicians of today. Why the delay then? Ego? Jealousy? Asked by: Arvind

A. Every political deals with a particular situation according to various his position and consequences associated with him or her...in a given situation.

Q. I have high regard for LKA, but I am sorry to say, the way he is now behaving, I am seeing a pattern in which Indian Politician behaves. They follow one of those routes when their time passed by. A) They does not quit or leave the mantle till their last breath. Ex BJP, BSP, AIADMK, TMC, JD (U), Communist B) They ensure to pass the mantle to their son/daughter before they retire from active politics. Ex CONG, SP, SS, BJD, SAD, NC, DMK, JMM, INLD, PDP, JD (S), KJP, MNS, RJD, RLD, TRS, TDP, YSR CP. Do you agree with this? Asked by: priya

A. People close to Mr Advani indicate he is not opposing Mr Modi' elevation at campaign committee chief...he wants another election committee for 5 state assembly polls for 5 state assembly polls slated for later this year.

Q. One thing that baffles is the opposition to Modi's elevation within the BJP. What is the reason for this opposition? They do not have a credible and reliable choice beyond him. Asked by: Narayan

A. There are two different theories in the BJP on approaching the next general polls...one group feels Mr Modi should be projected and irrespective of allies leaving the NDA...BJP should concentrate on getting as many seats as possible and built an alliance post poll...the other view is to have a strong pre-poll alliance.

Q. Your predictions on Jharkhand, Delhi, MP, Chattisgarh and Raj state elections. Asked by: anand

A. Difficult to predict outcome of polls these days...all states except MP may see a tough fight.

Q. Is the fight in the BJP now between the old and the younger generations? Asked by: Narayan

A. Its a manifestation of unresolved leadership issues...festering for a decade.

Q. NaMo issue is creation of the media, NaMo himself, or the workers of BJP? Asked by: sundar1950in

A. Leader are created by dint of a certain condition, circumstance and prevailing socio, political and economic condition in the milieu.

Q. Chief of campaign committee and PM candidate are two different things. In Past AB Vajpayee was not the chief of campaign committee but was PM Candidate. So why so fuss about head of campaign committee this time. If BJP gets less than 180 but more than 160, it still can say that NaMo was not our PM candidate, but just chief of campaign committee while forming government with help of smaller parties who has issue with NaMo. Your view on this? Asked by: rushikesh_d

A. You are absolutely right, leadership issue is decided by the parliamentary board and that would be PM candidate. This is only campaign committee.

Q. If media report is correct, LKA and Sushma Swaraj are not favoring anointing Modi as Chief Election Committee? Is there any genuine and well thought reason behind their disapproval? Or it is just to keep Modi in check and ensure BJP gets lesser seats in 2014, so their chance of being PM will brighten? Are they not fighting a losing battle? Asked by: priya

A. The answer is what I had alluded earlier...NDA+ or only BJP...it is a matter of approach.

First Published: June 7, 2013, 6:17 PM IST
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