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Advani tells Rajnath he'll oppose Modi at BJP Parliamentary board meet


Sumit Pande,CNN-IBN
Sep 12, 2013 at 01:35pm IST

New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party President Rajnath Singh seems to be finding it difficult to reach a consensus on Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as the party's Prime Ministerial candidate. Sources now say that party patriarch LK Advani has told Rajnath that unlike Goa, he will attend the Parliamentary board meeting and register his protest on nominating Modi.

Sources say Rajnath is still keen on achieving consensus on Modi's nomination. The RSS wants Modi nominated, but has left the decision on the process and timing of announcement to Rajnath, say sources.

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Sources say the Modi camp is insisting that the announcement be made either on Friday or on Monday. Rajnath Singh has said that an announcement will be made after discussions. Rajnath denied there is any split in the party on Modi. "No one in the party is upset. All are together. There is no problem in the party," Rajnath Singh said.

Meanwhile, there has been a tweet war of sorts after BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi's tweet against senior leader LK Advani. Advani aide Sudheendra Kulkarni and BJP leader Subramanian Swamy have now argued against what Sushil Modi tweeted.

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"A socially polarising leader has polarised his own party. Can he run a smooth, stable and effective government at the Centre? THINK SERIOUSLY," Kulkarni tweeted. "Advani was the favoured candidate for PM in 1996. But he chose then to make a sacrifice then. It is wrong to say PM aspiration is behind it," Swamy tweeted.

All these reactions came after Sushil Modi tweeted, "Advaniji has failed to gauge the public mood. He himself declared Atalji as PM candidate. He could have done the same for Modi. Politics is the only profession in which people aspire till their last. Ministerial berth can resurrect a dead politician."

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This comes as Advani remains adamant on his view that announcing Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as its PM candidate could polarise state assembly polls slated later this year.

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