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Narendra Modi steals spotlight at BJP conclave as Rajnath lauds his work in Gujarat


Sumit Pande, Ashok Bagriya, CNN-IBN
Mar 02, 2013 at 10:33pm IST

New Delhi: Clamour to see Narendra Modi play an important role in the national politics grew after he was singled out for appreciation and applause on the second day of the Bharatiya National Council in Delhi.

"It won't be apt if I welcome Narendra Modi by words. I request you all to welcome him by giving a standing ovation and a big applause," said party president Rajnath Singh as he invited Modi to the dais.

"BJP made a hat-trick in Gujarat under Narendra Modi's leadership. We haven't received such a victory in any other state," he added as Modi walked up to the stage.

The conclave, which was called to ratify Rajnath Singh's election as the BJP president, was strewn with ample indications that critical role was being carved out for the Gujarat Chief Minister in the run up to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

While sources said that Modi might be made the chairman of BJP's campaign committee for 2014 elections, many believe he might want to be announced as the prime ministerial candidate for the next elections as it would give him the power to control post-poll permutations and combinations.

The other option which the party might resort to is to include Modi in the party's Central Parliamentary Board - the highest decision making body - which Rajnath Singh will constitute later in March.

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