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The Trek Up Raisina Hill Proved Elusive for this Hopeful

Whom will Modi ji pick for the race to Raisina Hill? Media speculation has not been of much help.

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Updated:August 16, 2017, 8:18 AM IST
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The Trek Up Raisina Hill Proved Elusive for this Hopeful
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The suspense was building. Whom will Modi ji pick for the race to Raisina Hill? Media speculation has not been of much help. And anyways, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah have made a spectator sport of proving journalists wrong.

So, at the BJP Parliamentary Board meeting on June 19 to finalise the nominee for the Presidential elections, everyone present was as surprised by the final choice as you and me.

Among the hopefuls was a senior minister from the South who has been fancying his chances as the next President or, at least, Vice-President. An insider said that as soon as PM Modi began speaking this minister’s face fell. The PM said no member from the current pool of ministers can be spared for the top job. With only two more years left for the next general elections the PM said he wants all hands on the deck.

The dejected minister later poured out his sorrow - in which language we don't know, our protagonist speaks quite a few - to an opposition leader. "I wanted to move to a constitutional post, but it seems tough now," was what he apparently said.

(Get detailed and live results of each and every seat in the Lok Sabha elections and state Assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim to know which candidate/party is leading or trailing and to know who has won and who has lost and by what margin. Our one-of-its-kind Election Analytics Centre lets you don a psephologist’s hat and turn into an election expert. Know interesting facts and trivia about the elections and see our informative graphics. Elections = News18)
| Edited by: Puja Menon
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