Uma takes a dig at Modi: Popularity is not enough to become PM

Crowd-pulling capacity alone can't be the criterion: Uma Bharti

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: May 16, 2013 1:27:29 am

Against the backdrop of BJP’s “most popular leader” Narendra Modi’s bid for BJP’s prime ministerial candidature,party vice-president Uma Bharti Wednesday sought to fish in troubled waters suggesting that popularity was not sufficient to become PM.

She,in fact,reasoned that she was also a popular leader but that did not mean she could be the prime ministerial candidate. “Crowd-pulling capacity alone can’t be the criterion. Several BJP leaders are big crowd-pullers. Modi is one,so is Advani,Sushma Swaraj. I am also a crowd-puller,” she said,without commenting on whether Modi fits the bill as BJP’s PM candidate.

Her remarks added to the voices within the BJP against Modi’s bid for prime ministerial candidature on the ground of his popularity among the party cadres across the country. Bharti,however,is not part of the BJP’s apex decision-making Parliamentary Board that will take a call on the prime ministerial candidature issue.

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