Kolkata: BJP president Rajnath Singh on Monday said that though Narendra Modi's popularity could not be denied, the party would decide if the Gujarat chief minister would be its prime ministerial candidate.
"It will be decided by the party's central parliamentary board. But one cannot deny his popularity," Singh said when reporters asked him whether Modi would be the face of the BJP in the Lok Sabha polls.
Singh rejected rumours that BJP leader LK Advani would no longer be a part of the core group of decision-making in the BJP.
"It will be decided by the party's central parliamentary board. But one cannot deny Modi's popularity," Singh said.
"It is completely baseless that he (Advani) is not in the decision-making team. He is not only our senior leader but also a pioneer for the party. He will remain a torch-bearer for the BJP," he stated.
"One cannot forget his contribution to the BJP," he added.