New Delhi: Senior BJP leaer LK Advani remains adamant saying he wants a decision on the party's Prime Ministerial candidate only after the assembly polls. He has now come under criticism from his own party leaders.
Bihar BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi hit out at Advani saying he failed to gauge public mood. "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," Modi Sushil Modi tweeted.
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LK Advani has point of view amply clear to party president Rajnath Singh when the two met on Wednesday afternoon. In no uncertain terms, it was communicated that the announcement on Modi now could lead to polarisation in the state assembly polls.
The party patriarch has made it clear that the issue of Modi's nomination should be revisited post the next round of state assembly polls slated for November.
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In the eleven-member Parliamentary board headed by Rajnath Singh, at least three party leaders are opposed to immediate announcement on Modi - Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Sushma Swaraj. Since the Parliamentary board holds the exclusive right to nominate PM candidate, the question is as to what are the options for Rajnath Singh as deadlock persists.
Rajnath can strive for consensus, reach out to Advani, Joshi and Sushma and call the board meeting only when every one is on board. In the absence of consensus, he can call the board meeting and take a call even in the face of a possible boycott, but that again could lead to an embarrassment. He can also force a division in the board, but that again looks unlikely as the opposition would use it to question Modi's acceptability.
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So Rajnath Singh has initiated another round of talks. Apart from MM Joshi and Advani, he is likely to meet Nitin Gadkari and Sushma Swaraj and only then will he take the final call.