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PM candidate must be declared well before polls,says Ram Jethmalani

Eminent lawyer and Rajya Sabha member Ram Jethmalani Friday said a party should declare its prime ministerial candidate well in advance of a general election so that the voters could take informed choice.

Written by Express News Service | Vadodara | Published: April 20, 2013 5:04:17 am

Eminent lawyer and Rajya Sabha member Ram Jethmalani Friday said a party should declare its prime ministerial candidate well in advance of a general election so that the voters could take informed choice. Jethmalani was replying to a question on projection of Chief Minister Narendra Modi as BJP’s prime ministerial candidate.

“People should know the names of prime ministerial candidate well in advance of an election so they can decide which party they should vote for,” he said at the Vadodara airport on a private visit to city.

The BJP’s projection of Modi as prime ministerial candidate has antagonised its key ally JD(U).

Bihar CM from the JD(U),Nitish Kumar,had attacked Modi over his secular credentials.

Talking to reporters,Jethmalani also expressed confidence that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA),headed by the BJP,will not be affected much in the event its second largest ally JD(U) pulls out support.

“I think the differences between the BJP and the JD(U) over projection of Modi as prime ministerial candidate will be resolved between the two parties,and even if it is not,the BJP will not be threatened if JD(U) pulls out,” he told reporters.

Jethmalani expressed confidence that the Congress-led UPA will face defeat in the upcoming general elections in 2014 because of strong anti-incumbency wave. “This time,people have decided there will be a change. It is for voters to decide who should form a government and they have taken decision that corrupt government must go,” he said.

Jethmalani,a Rajya Sabha member,was suspended from the party last year on disciplinary grounds for attacking the party on is critical view of appointment of the director of the Central Bureau of Investigation.

85 CCTVs to keep an eye on Vadodara

The city will soon be under the cover of surveillance cameras as the civic body has finally approved the fund to set up 85 CCTV cameras at different locations in the city.

City Police Commissioner Satish Sharma told The Indian Express that police would install the cameras at different locations after the Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) sanctioned a sum of Rs 30 lakh for a five-year period to the police for the same. “The project was there in the pipeline but has been set rolling with the VMC sanctioning fund for the same. We will install the cameras at all vital locations,” he said.

Both police and civic body will use the cameras with two control rooms being set up for police and the VMC to keep an eye on the developments for the same.

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