Rajnath Singh virtually anoints Modi as PM candidate

Rajnath Singh

Ruling himself out of the prime ministerial race, BJP president Rajnath Singh on Sunday virtually anointed Narendra Modi as his man to the top job if the party comes to power after the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

He also claimed that the party will get more allies nearer elections and after the polls too. The developmental issues rather than the Ram Janam Bhoomi dispute would dominate BJP’s poll campaign.

“It’s not necessary that party president should also be a crowd puller and a prime ministerial candidate. I have an assignment to do for my party. I have a job to deliver – that is victory of the party in the 2014 elections.”

“Seven months before the elections, I have nominated Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi as chairman of the party’s election campaign committee. What is unusual in that? We have nominated Modi like other parties do and why read between lines. I have named him as campaign head in view of his image, popularity and commitment to the party,” he told a press conference at the start of his five-day trip to New York and Washington

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