BJP,JD(U) play down ‘Sushma as PM’ remark

Steering clear of Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray’s statement that BJP leader Sushma Swaraj was the only “deserving” person for the NDA’s prime ministerial candidate,the BJP on Monday played down the issue saying an appropriate decision will be taken at an appropriate time

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:September 11, 2012 2:21 am

Steering clear of Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray’s statement that BJP leader Sushma Swaraj was the only “deserving” person for the NDA’s prime ministerial candidate,the BJP on Monday played down the issue saying an appropriate decision will be taken at an appropriate time.

“The party will take an appropriate decision at an appropriate time on the issue,” BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said here on Monday.

In an interview to his party’s mouthpiece,Saamna,Thackeray had said that Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj was a “deserving” candidate for the PM’s post.

The BJP on Sunday found itself on the backfoot with one of its oldest alliance partners — Sena — making public its choice that came to be seen as its rejection of other potential candidates.

While Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has imposed the condition of a “secular” person from the BJP for NDA’s PM candidate,Thackeray’s assertion was seen as an adverse remark against Gujarat CM Narendra Modi.

However,the JD(U) on Monday sought to play down Thackeray’s remarks echoing similar sentiments as that of the BJP,saying that the Lok Sabha elections were far away and a decision on this issue will be taken in consultation with the alliance partners.

“The general elections will happen in 2014. Polls are not going to take place before that. We will decide it then. The BJP is the leading party in the NDA. It will decide within its party first and then it will be discussed in the NDA,” JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav said in an attempt to steer clear from getting drawn into the merits of Thackeray’s suggestions.

“Thackeray is a senior person. Many others have also given statements on this issue. It is getting too much now. The PM’s post seems to have become a pakodi (snack). We have never fallen into this trap nor will we ever do so,” Yadav said.

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