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Rajnath Singh to be the BJP's campaign committee chief for 2014 polls

The BJP's campaign committee chief and Gujarat Chief Minster Narendra Modi has been anointed as the party's PM candidate.

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Updated:September 29, 2013, 8:46 PM IST
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Rajnath Singh to be the BJP's campaign committee chief for 2014 polls
The BJP's campaign committee chief and Gujarat Chief Minster Narendra Modi has been anointed as the party's PM candidate.

New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party President Rajnath Singh will be the party's campaign committee chief for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. Rajnath has been anointed as campaign committee chief after BJP's parliamentary board met on Sunday in New Delhi.

Modi, who was declared the PM candidate by the party top brass on September 13, on Sunday, proposed the name of Rajnath Singh in the BJP Parliamentary Board meeting for the post of Election Campaign Committee Chief.

"Modi proposed Rajnath Singh's name and it was accepted unanimously by all the Parliamentary Board members," BJP general secretary Ananth Kumar told reporters.

Party leaders said this decision was on expected lines as Modi could not have run his own campaign. Kumar said since 20 sub-committees have already been formed under the Election Campaign Committee and these are headed by various senior leaders, it was only proper that Rajnath Singh be appointed to head the panel.

While Sunday's decision was taken without much ado, Modi's elevation as campaign committee chief on June 9 at the BJP conclave in Goa had created a lot of heat. The decision on Modi was then taken despite reservations of senior leaders LK Advani and Sushma Swaraj.

Advani had even quit all party posts in protest but took back his resignation after RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat intervened. JD(U), a key NDA ally for 17 years, had walked out of the coalition as it feared Modi's elevation would wean away its Muslim voters.

The Parliamentary Board meeting today also discussed the ordinance on convicted MPs and MLAs. Kumar said the party appeals to the President of India not to sign the ordinance. The panel also discussed the voters' right to reject and said with it the matter of compulsory voting naturally comes to the fore.

BJP demanded that an all-party meeting should be called to discuss this issue.

(With additional information from PTI)

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