By Veenus Kumar for ZeroHour News
The Bharatiya Janata Party could soon announce its Prime Ministerial candidate, outlined party Chief Rajnath Singh, amidst the growing clamor from both allies and intra-party functionaries.
Speaking exclusively to a national daily, Singh, said that the decision could be made as early as next month following the electoral results in the state of Karnataka. The state goes to polls on May 5th 2013, with results expected to be announced on the 8th of the month.
“I will talk to my colleagues and call a meeting of the parliamentary board to take a decision on the issue after Karnataka elections,” the BJP chief said.
The BJP has been under-pressure from its allies such as the JD(U) and Shiv Sena, with both parties demanding a spelling out of the party’s and thereby the NDA’s prime ministerial candidate. However, the party has been averse to taking any public stance such as to avoid any in-fighting amongst its own partymen and alienation amongst allies, if Narendra Modi is picked.
Rajnath Singh also expressed confidence that JD(U) could be convinced to stay within the NDA fold, despite the latter’s reservations on Gujarat chief minister heading a post-poll coalition government.
“I am a staunch believer in the power of consultations to resolve differences; even vexed ones. Belief, mutual trust and the desire for agreement are key. The combination has helped unlock the mysteries of mathematics, and there is no reason why it cannot resolve social and political tensions,” said Singh optimistically.
A large section of the BJP and cadre have called for the firebrand CM to be anointed the PM candidate in the run up to the 2014 general elections but the 2002 stigma continues to dog the pro-development leader. Calling Modi, the most popular leader of the party, Singh sought to downplay the former’s divisive persona.
“I don’t think so… that Narendrabhai can be called divisive by any yardstick. Nobody who is divisive can hope to win three consecutive elections by winning half of the total vote,” the BJP chief said.
Despite the possibility of early elections, the principle opposition party BJP has been plagued by internal power struggle with several contenders and shadow-fights to claim the top post. Succeeding Nitin Gadkari as the national president, Singh, has been at pains to paint a united picture of the party.
“Whatever we decide, we will do so unanimously. The decision will be taken by the parliamentary board which is the authorized body for the purpose. There will be no need to call either the national executive or the national council for the purpose,” concluded Singh.
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