New Delhi, Sep 12: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is likely to announce Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as their Prime Ministerial candidate on Friday.
According to sources, all BJP parliamentary board members are expected to be in the national capital by tonight.
Yoga guru Ramdev on Thursday came out openly in favour of Modi describing him as the ‘most suitable person’ for the Prime Minister’s post.
Earlier in the day, BJP President Rajnath Singh, who is making sincere efforts to bring all senior leaders on board for officially naming Modi as their PM candidate for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, said a decision in this regard would be taken after discussions and consultations.
Despite party stalwart L.K. Advani appearing to be a stumbling block for the saffron outfit in finalising the name of Modi as its prime ministerial candidate, the BJP has so far maintained that all is well within the party.
According to certain media reports, Advani has reportedly told Rajnath Singh that fronting Modi as the party”s candidate for Prime Minister will be a ‘disaster’ and will ‘destroy the BJP’s prospects’ in the general elections next year.
Other than Advani, senior BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj and Murli Manohar Joshi are also opposed to announcing Modi as the Prime Ministerial candidate before the forthcoming assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Delhi.
The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), which is the BJP’s ideological mentor, is of the view that any delay in announcing Modi’s candidature will not do any good to the party’s prospects in the general elections. (ANI)