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Feb 03, 2013 at 03:27pm IST

Modi likely to visit Kumbh after VHP leaders indicate their support; JDU miffed

New Delhi: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is likely to go to Kumbh on February 7 - the same day the VHP-led Dharam sansad will be held there and it is likely that a statement in his support will be issued. Modi is also likely to be in the new BJP parliamentary board, the highest decision making body of the party. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Chauhan could also be made a member of the board.

Meanwhile, the Janata Dal (United) has questioned VHP leader Ashok Singhal's backing to Modi as the NDA prime ministerial candidate, saying it is for political parties and not sadhus to decide who'll be their leader. "How can the PM candidate be decided by sadhus and nagas. This is completely absurd," said JD(U) spokesperson Shivanand Tiwari.

Tiwari has once again made it clear that a final call could be taken only after consultations within the coalition. While the JD(U) and more specifically Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's objections to Modi's candidature are well known, another BJP ally, the Shiv Sena is keen on projecting senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj as the PM candidate. The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), on the other hand, has announced that it will back Modi.

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