BJP not to reveal PM nominee yet

Amid growing unease in the JD(U) over projection of Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi as BJP’s prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the BJP has conveyed to its ally that it will not decide on the PM candidate issue at this juncture despite Mr Modi being the first choice of BJP cadre for the post.

BJP top brass, it was learnt, told the JD(U) leadership that naming PM candidate at this juncture will not be politically wise either for the BJP or BJP-led NDA. The BJP, it was learnt, is in touch with non-Congress parties to expand the NDA fold before the general polls. The JD(U) on Saturday not only affirmed its alliance with the BJP, it also claimed that it will not set any deadline for its ally to decide on who would be its PM face, though again indicating that Gujarat CM would be an unacceptable choice. BJP leadership, it was learnt, told JD(U) that it is unlikely to take a call on this issue before the general polls.
Sources disclosed back channel talks were on between the two allies ever since reports started coming that JD(U) will insist BJP to name its PM candidate, given the former’s reservations to projecting Gujarat CM , considered by many as Hindutva icon, for the post. BJP top brass, including party chief Rajnath Singh, and senior leaders, including Arun Jaitley, had held talks with the JD(U) leadership over the reports suggesting JD(U) wants its ally to name the PM candidate. JD(U) leader and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, who is in the capital for his party’s national executive meet, met Mr Jaitley in the evening, which both the parties claimed was a “courtesy call.” Mr Kumar is also expected to meet Rajnath Singh to “personally” congratulate him for his appointment as the BJP chief.
Sources disclosed JD(U) is apprehensive that any projection of Mr Modi would affect its minority votes in the state. However, the BJP, whose strike rate in the last assembly polls in Bihar was almost 90 per cent and won 91 assembly seats, is hopeful that JD(U) will not snap ties with it as it will otherwise polarise the upper caste votes, thus upsetting the JD(U)’s poll arithmetic. Majority of BJP’s Bihar leaders are in favour of Mr Modi as the PM candidate and have told the party leadership that it should not worry about JD(U) snapping ties.

Post new comment

<form action="/comment/reply/229470" accept-charset="UTF-8" method="post" id="comment-form"> <div><div class="form-item" id="edit-name-wrapper"> <label for="edit-name">Your name: <span class="form-required" title="This field is required.">*</span></label> <input type="text" maxlength="60" name="name" id="edit-name" size="30" value="Reader" class="form-text required" /> </div> <div class="form-item" id="edit-mail-wrapper"> <label for="edit-mail">E-Mail Address: <span class="form-required" title="This field is required.">*</span></label> <input type="text" maxlength="64" name="mail" id="edit-mail" size="30" value="" class="form-text required" /> <div class="description">The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.</div> </div> <div class="form-item" id="edit-comment-wrapper"> <label for="edit-comment">Comment: <span class="form-required" title="This field is required.">*</span></label> <textarea cols="60" rows="15" name="comment" id="edit-comment" class="form-textarea resizable required"></textarea> </div> <fieldset class=" collapsible collapsed"><legend>Input format</legend><div class="form-item" id="edit-format-1-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-format-1"><input type="radio" id="edit-format-1" name="format" value="1" class="form-radio" /> Filtered HTML</label> <div class="description"><ul class="tips"><li>Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.</li><li>Allowed HTML tags: &lt;a&gt; &lt;em&gt; &lt;strong&gt; &lt;cite&gt; &lt;code&gt; &lt;ul&gt; &lt;ol&gt; &lt;li&gt; &lt;dl&gt; &lt;dt&gt; &lt;dd&gt;</li><li>Lines and paragraphs break automatically.</li></ul></div> </div> <div class="form-item" id="edit-format-2-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-format-2"><input type="radio" id="edit-format-2" name="format" value="2" checked="checked" class="form-radio" /> Full HTML</label> <div class="description"><ul class="tips"><li>Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.</li><li>Lines and paragraphs break automatically.</li></ul></div> </div> </fieldset> <input type="hidden" name="form_build_id" id="form-62f370e80383182d3df2747e84f1844c" value="form-62f370e80383182d3df2747e84f1844c" /> <input type="hidden" name="form_id" id="edit-comment-form" value="comment_form" /> <fieldset class="captcha"><legend>CAPTCHA</legend><div class="description">This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.</div><input type="hidden" name="captcha_sid" id="edit-captcha-sid" value="81535998" /> <input type="hidden" name="captcha_response" id="edit-captcha-response" value="NLPCaptcha" /> <div class="form-item"> <div id="nlpcaptcha_ajax_api_container"><script type="text/javascript"> var NLPOptions = {key:'c4823cf77a2526b0fba265e2af75c1b5'};</script><script type="text/javascript" src="http://call.nlpcaptcha.in/js/captcha.js" ></script></div> </div> </fieldset> <span class="btn-left"><span class="btn-right"><input type="submit" name="op" id="edit-submit" value="Save" class="form-submit" /></span></span> </div></form>

No Articles Found

No Articles Found

No Articles Found

I want to begin with a little story that was told to me by a leading executive at Aptech. He was exercising in a gym with a lot of younger people.

Shekhar Kapur’s Bandit Queen didn’t make the cut. Neither did Shaji Karun’s Piravi, which bagged 31 international awards.