Ahmedabad: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has said that his priority is the people of his state who have elected him till 2017. When asked about Prime Ministerial ambitions by a student during a Teachers' Day function, he said he has no intentions of becoming anything, but he just wants to serve the people.
These statements by Modi come at a time when the BJP seems to be divided on making him the Prime Ministerial candidate. Top RSS leader Bhaiyyaji Joshi met senior BJP leader LK Advani and some other top leaders on Sunday night.
While Modi supporters have been pushing for his announcement as the Prime Ministerial candidate, the Advani camp insists this will polarise the polity at a time when the UPA is grappling with corruption, economic crisis and non-performance.
Earlier this month, Former Union Minister and BJP leader Arun Shourie had said that Gujarat Chief Minister and the party's campaign committee chief Narendra Modi is the party's Prime Ministerial candidate. Speaking to CNN-IBN's Karan Thapar on Devil's Advocate, Shourie called Modi's rivals 'stateless leaders from Delhi'.
Recent developments like Gujarat IPS officer DG Vanzara's resignation letter have also given ammunition to the Congress to attack Modi. Modi remains silent on the letter bomb from top IPS officer DG Vanzara, which has blamed him and close aide Amit Shah for failing to protect policemen accused in fake encounters. The question now is as to how badly this will affect the BJP politically.
Amit Shah is the man Narendra Modi depends on the most and is famously known as Modi's man Friday. He's now turning out to be the weakest link in mission Modi for Prime Minister. A day after the Vanzara letter bomb exploded, directly targeting Shah, questions are being raised about Amit Shah's utility to Modi.
What is quite clear is that if Amit Shah goes down from here on, in any case, the going could get very very difficult for Modi as well.