Who will head South Block debate in BJP may help Congress

by Dec 3, 2012

A third win for Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi will bolster his position as one of the key claimants for the country's top executive post. This might alos end the BJP internal war over leadership that has been going on for more than a decade.

Modi's aim to reach the South Block is also endorsed by some senior leaders of the party.

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. PTI

"There is no doubt about his cabability for the post of prime minister," Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj told reporters in New Delhi.

Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Arun Jaitley, who is currently touring Gujarat, also supported Modi for his future Delhi plans.

"Modi has been a very succesful and popular chief minister in Gujarat. We are fighting the elections under his leadership," Jaitley said in Ahmedabad.

Reacting on the issue, Congress leader Digvijaya Singh took a jibe on senior BJP leader LK Advani.

"Please ask Advani first if he has given up all hopes of becoming the prime minister," Singh told reporters in Bhopal.

While senior BJP leaders may support Modi for his Delhi dreams, there are individuals within NDA like Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar who do not support Modi for the post of PM.

"BJP has many capable leaders for the prime ministerial job. It will be decided by the party in time," said party vice-president and spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.

The BJP will also decide on the future of its scam-tainted president Nitin Gadkari whose first term ends this month.

While too many power centres have developed within the BJP, this uncertainty of leadership might end up benefitting the Congress.

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