While BJP party president Nitin Gadkari may want to wait till the 2014 elections to declare the party's Prime Ministerial candidate, senior lawyer and BJP MP Ram Jethmalani has openly come out in support of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as the best man for the job.
In a letter to BJP President Nitin Gadkari, Jethmalani has asked him to make Modi the party's official PM candidate. Jethmalani claimed that Modi wass the BJP's best choice for the post of Prime Minister.
In an interview to Times Now on his proposal, Jethmalani said that he wanted the party leaders to discuss the candidature of Modi for the top post. He also said that he had spoken to many leaders and was confident of support for Modi's candidature.
"He (Modi) is a victim of malicious propaganda. A stain has stuck on him that he is communal, but that can be washed off…,” he said in the interview.
Jethmalani also said that political parties should declare their PM candidate before the elections as not doing so amounted to cheating the electorate. In his letter, Jethmalani wrote, “…I go further to say that every political party that wants to have a power in the country must announce its prime ministerial candidate and even a shadow cabinet..."
Gadkari, however, refused to make any comment on the issue when asked for his response to Jethmalani's letter, by reporters outside Rashtrapati Bhawan.
Earlier, in an interview to CNN-IBN, Gadkari was non-committal over Modi’s chance as the PM candidate.
“He is one of the frontrunners like many other senior leaders. But as long as the results of the elections don’t come out and we don’t prove our majority there is no question of projecting anyone as the frontrunner,” he said.