PM Modi? Rajnath takes a swipe,says look at 2004

BJP chief Rajnath Singh indicated his discomfort with the idea of Gujarat CM Narendra Modi as Prime Minister.

Written by Pragya Kaushika | Ghaziabad | Published: February 20, 2009 11:52 am

BJP chief Rajnath Singh on Thursday indicated his discomfort with the idea of Narendra Modi as Prime Minister.

When asked about surveys that claimed the Gujarat chief minister was the most popular leader in the BJP,Rajnath said: “According to a nationwide survey he may have been the most popular leader of the party. But remember,the survey was done in 2004. And our party lost in those elections and we were unable to form the government. I am not in a position to say anything more.”

Asked if he would like to be the NDA’s prime ministerial candidate,Rajnath said,“Ram Ram”.

LK Advani,he said,was the BJP’s unanimous choice to be leader of the party and the alliance.

On his former BJP colleague Kalyan Singh,Rajnath said: “Kalyan Singh is no factor in these general elections for the party. He came,he stayed and he left. I pray to God that wherever he is,he should lead happy life.”

Rajnath said the BJP was not considering any pre-poll alliance with the Samajwadi Party or Bahujan Samaj Party. “Samajwadi Party offered us an alliance on the condition that we should leave the issue of Ram Mandir. But we refused all offers of alliances with either SP,BSP or with Congress,” Singh said.

The Ram temple issue,Singh iterated,was still central to the BJP’s ideology. “Our faith is Lord Ram is unshakeable and we are committed to building the Ram temple in Ayodhya,” he said.

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