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Modi fails to unite BJP, party defers decision to name him PM candidate

Sep 11, 2013 11:29 PM IST Politics Politics
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New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) is yet to arrive on a consensus on naming Gujarat Chief Minister and the party's election campaign committee chief Narendra Modi as its prime ministerial candidate with efforts to placate senior leader LK Advani failing yet again on Wednesday.

The veteran leader has made it clear to BJP President Rajnath Singh that he will not step back from his decision to oppose the candidature of Modi as the party's PM candidate.

The party patriarch has said that the issue of nomination of Modi should be revisited after the next round of Vidhan Sabha polls slated for November as he believes that any announcement before that could lead to polarisation during the state assembly polls.

Clouds of doubt are also hanging over BJP Parliamentary Board meeting that was scheduled for September 13. It is unlikely that the meeting will take place on Friday. BJP spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi said that no decision has been taken to call the Parliamentary Board meeting.

It was widely believed that Modi's name for PM candidate will be announced at the Parliamentary Board meeting.

In the 11-member Parliamentary Board of the party headed by Rajnath Singh, at least three leaders Advani, senior leader Murli Manohar Joshi and Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj are opposed to the immediate announcement on Modi.

As the party's Parliamentary Board holds the exclusive right to nominate the PM candidate, the only option available for Rajnath as the party chief is to reach out to the senior leaders and work towards building a consensus.

Though he has an option available wherein he can use his veto power and make the announcement without an approval from all the leaders, the move is likely to lead to a polarisation within the party. A decision without the support from all is unlikely also because it will lead to the opposition targeting the party over the acceptability of Modi in his own party.

Rajnath has initiated another round of talks and apart from Joshi and Advani, he is also likely to meet former party president Nitin Gadkari and Sushma swaraj before taking the final call.

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