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Sep 15, 2013 at 05:10pm IST

Appointing Modi as BJP's PM candidate is a winning decision: Jaitley

New Delhi: Claiming Gujarat Chief Minister's anointment as the party's prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 general elections is a winning decision, senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley said that with Narendra Modi in the front, their possibility of getting larger number of seats exists.

Speaking to CNN-IBN's Karan Thapar at Devil's Advocate, Jaitley said BJP's strategy is to win maximum number of seats on the ground. When asked if naming Modi as PM candidate was the right decision, Jaitley said, "We weighed all possibilities while taking the decision, opinion of the cadres was also important." Appointing Modi as BJP's PM candidate has the support of the majority of the country, Jaitley added.

With the BJP declaring Modi its PM candidate, senior leader LK Advani not only skipped the party's Parliamentary Board meet on Friday but also expressed his disappointment over party President Rajnath Singh's style of functioning. However, dismissing any rift within the party, Jaitley said, "Advani being such a seasoned and senior person will support every decision the party takes."

There have been serious questions raised by many over Modi's handling of Gujarat riots in 2002 and his image among minorities including Muslims. Dismissing all allegations leveled on the Gujarat Chief Minister, Jaitley said none of the allegations relating to 2002 riots have been prima facie established against Modi. "I would appeal to all minorities, please judge Modi by his performance," Jaitley added.

Hitting out at the Congress over 1984 Anti-Sikh riots in Delhi, Jaitley said, "1984 riots have been a giant cover-up by the Congress."