India’s rightwing BJP chooses Modi as party’s PM candidates for 2014 polls

File picture of Narendra Modi.
File picture of Narendra Modi.

The controversial leader and chief minister of Indian state of Gujarat Narendra Modi was nominated as candidate for Prime Minister’s post by rightwing Hindu party BJP.

New Delhi, Sept 13/Nationalturk –  The rightwing Hindu party BJP Friday chose party’s controversial leader and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as party’s candidate for Prime Minister’s post in 2014 polls.

“BJP has a tradition of declaring its candidate for PM. The party’s parliamentary party board has decided that Narendra Modi will be our prime ministerial candidate for 2014 polls,” BJP president Rajnath Singh told reporters this evening.

He said the party had also announced its Prime Ministerial candidate in 2009 elections well before the polls.

‘Advani skipped BJP’s parliamentary board meeting’

The decision to name Modi as party’s PM candidate was taken in a meeting of BJP’s parliament board – top decision makers. However, party’s senior-most leader and former Deputy Prime Minister of India L K Advani was not present in the party’s parliamentary board meeting.

Sources said the meeting of 12-member BJP’s parliamentary Board was attended by leaders like Sushma Swaraj, Murli Manohar Joshi, Arun Jaitley and Nitin Gadkari.

Modi will turn 63 next Tuesday. He has already said he will work tirelessly to ensure that BJP wins the 2014 elections and comes to power.

The veteran BJP leader Advani has opposed naming of Modi as party’s Prime ministerial candidate. Modi is held responsible for 2002 riots in Indian state of Gujarat in which over thousand Muslims were killed.

‘Advani wrote a letter to BJP president’

Ahead of the today’s key meeting of BJP’s parliamentary board, disgruntled L K Advani had wrote a letter to party chief and expressed his anguish over the way things are happening in the party.

“This afternoon when you had come to my residence to inform me about the Parliamentary Board meeting, I had said something about my anguish as also my disappointment over your style of functioning,” he said in the letter.

Advani said he decided not to attend the Parliamentary Board as he thought it was “better”.

“I had told you that I will think whether I should share my thoughts with other Board members or not. Now, I have decided that it is better that I do not attend today’s meeting,” he added.

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Faiz Ahmad / NationalTurk India News

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