New Delhi: As its ally Janata Dal (United) prepares to adopt its crucial political resolution on Sunday, Bharatiya Janata Party president Rajnath Singh has expressed hope that any anti-Narendra Modi resolution brought by the JD(U) would be amended. He added that it was not the party president but the BJP's Central Parliamentary Board which will decide on the prime ministerial candidate.
Singh was speaking to Karan Thapar on Devil's Advocate. Following is the transcript of an excerpt from the interview:
Karan Thapar: The first problem you will face if Narendra Modi was to become your PM candidate is that your single biggest ally JD(U) will break relations with you immediately.
Rajnath Singh: Let me first tell you that your question is totally hypothetical and there is no reply to such hypothetical questions. I have already asked Central Parliamentary board to decide on a common PM candidate. With regard to JD(U), I want to tell that we have 18-year-old alliance with them and this alliance is going to stay. Our alliance will not break at any condition.
Karan Thapar: That is widely believed that JD(U) National Executive on Sunday will pass a resolution demanding that the BJP announces PM candidate before the elections and they would perhaps have better sooner than later. How will you respond to that?
Rajnath Singh: JD(U) hasn't passed any such resolution. They will be passing the resolution on Sunday. We will see the JD(U)'s resolution when it is passed.
Karan Thapar: Aren't you trying to duck your head into sand when you say the resolution hasn't passed yet. We both know what will happen. Nitish Kumar has already made his opinion public.
Rajnath Singh: Whenever a party plans to pass a resolution it goes to the National Executive and even till the last moment various amendments are done.
Karan Thapar: So, you are hoping, aren't you that when the resolution is passed last minute pressure will change the resolution?
Rajnath Singh: It would be better if you let the resolution pass.