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May 01, 2013 at 11:41pm IST

Narendra Modi most well known 'backward caste' leader: Sushil Modi

New Delhi: Bihar's Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi on Wednesday batted for Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as prime minister calling him the most well known backward caste leader nationally. "India's next Prime Minister should be from the backward classes. Gujarat's Chief Minister Narendra Modi has never talked about his background to seek votes. But we are aware that he doesn't come from a privileged background. He overcame poverty to kick-start his political career and has now reached great heights," Modi said.

His comments came on the same day when BJP's General Secretary Varun Gandhi said party president Rajnath Singh is the best candidate for prime minister's post. Varun Gandhi's words in support of Rajnath, who elevated him to the post of General Secretary and included him in his new team of office-bearers, came at a time when there is a growing chorus within BJP for making Narendra Modi the party's prime ministerial candidate in the next Lok Sabha elections.

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But Modi's detractors in BJP and allies like JD(U) insist he is a divisive figure due to the 2002 post-Godhra riots taint on him.

(With Additional Inputs From PTI)

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