Crucial BJP-Sangh meet amidst 'Modi for PM' buzz on Sunday
Sources say BJP leaders LK Advani and Sushma Swaraj have made their opposition to Modi's elevation clear to RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat.
New Delhi: Will Gujarat Chief Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party campaign committee chief Narendra Modi be declared the party's Prime Ministerial candidate ahead of the next elections? That is the buzz ahead of the crucial co-ordination committee meeting of the RSS, BJP, VHP and other Sangh Parivar outfits being held in Delhi on Sunday.
Sources say senior BJP leaders LK Advani and Sushma Swaraj have already made clear to RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat their opposition to Modi's elevation ahead of assembly polls.
Sources told CNN-IBN that Advani and Sushma, who met the RSS chief to discuss Modi's anointment, also conveyed that the party wants to consult Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan before naming him as party's prime ministerial candidate.
On Thursday, Modi had told a group of students in Gandhinagar he doesn't dream of being the Prime Minister. During a Teachers' Day function, the Gujarat Chief Minister had said that his priority is the people of his state who have elected him till 2017.
The party is still in a quandary on naming Modi. Parrikar, was on Friday, forced to clarify his remarks on the anointment of the Gujarat Chief Minister as the Bharatiya Janata Party's Prime Ministerial candidate. Claiming that he has been misquoted, Parrikar said that he completely backs Modi as the PM candidate. "Media quoted me irresponsibly, picking up words they wanted to. We strongly support Modi and he is a good administrator. I strongly advocated for Modi in that interview. It's manipulation," Parrikar said.
Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has also reacted to reports that he asked the BJP top brass to delay Modi's elevation.
"In the BJP, the party is supreme and it will decide and declare the PM candidate at the right moment. Any speculation in this regard is avoidable. Reports in certain sections of media around my objection to Shri Narendra Modi being declared as PM candidate are baseless and misleading," Chouhan replied in tweet.