April 24, 2009 7:24:24 pm
BJP indicated on Friday that Narendra Modi could be next in line to be the party’s prime ministerial candidate after L K Advani giving a boost to the political ambitions of the Gujarat Chief Minister.
“Narendra Modi is doing a good job. He is also a capable leader and we are very proud of him. Of course,he can be a candidate for the PM’s post in the future after Advani. There is every possibility of him becoming Prime Minister. Whether he will become (PM) and how will be decided by the party,” BJP spokesman Ravishankar Prasad told reporters in New Delhi.
Former Union minister and BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP Arun Shourie also hinted in Ahmedabad that Modi could be BJP’s prime ministerial candidate in the next general elections.
“Gujarat has the opportunity to elect PM this time and next time also you will have the opportunity to elect the PM from this state,” he told reporters. Advani,the BJP’s 81-year-old prime ministerial candidate,is contesting from Gandhinagar in Gujarat.
When asked whether he was referring to Modi in a future scenario and whether the chief minister was going to be a prime ministerial candidate in 2014 polls,Shourie said,”it could be.”
Shourie however hastened to add that this was his “individual view”.
The comments by Prasad and Shourie came weeks after eminent industrialists Sunil Bharti Mittal and Anil Ambani kicked up a storm when they openly rooted for Modi saying he should be the Prime Ministerial candidate of BJP.
The BJP stuck to its guns and said none other than Advani would be the BJP and NDA PM candidate while Modi himself stated publicly that he was not in the race and expressed his support to the former Deputy Prime Minister.
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