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Sep 12, 2013 at 03:20pm IST

Secular parties will support Modi if BJP gets 190 seats: Sushil Modi

New Delhi: Bihar BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi, who hit out at senior leader LK Advani, has said that Advani should have himself come out and named Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as the party's PM candidate. Speaking to IBN18 Editor-in-Chief Rajdeep Sardesai, Sushil Modi made it clear that the mood in the BJP is in favour of naming Modi as the PM candidate.

"The mood amongst the BJP workers is in support of Modi. BJP supporters and many others feel the party should not delay their announcement. Advaniji should have come out and named Modi," Sushil Modi said.

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When asked if Modi could be a coalition leader considering secular parties may not support him, Sushil Modi said, "Nitish Kumar left NDA not because of Narendra Modi but due to personal reasons. If BJP wins 180 to 190 seats in Lok Sabha polls, then many fence sitters will support Narendra Modi."

"There should not be fear psychosis that all other leaders will vanish. No leader can ignore a towering personality like Advaniji and Sushmaji," Sushil Modi added.

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Sushil Modi had on Wednesday tweeted, "Advaniji has failed to gauge the public mood. He himself declared Atalji as PM candidate. He could have done the same for Modi. Politics is the only profession in which people aspire till their last. Ministerial berth can resurrect a dead politician."

Following this, there was a tweet war of sorts with Advani aide Sudheendra Kulkarni and BJP leader Subramanian Swamy arguing against what he tweeted.

"A socially polarising leader has polarised his own party. Can he run a smooth, stable and effective government at the Centre? THINK SERIOUSLY," Kulkarni tweeted. "Advani was the favoured candidate for PM in 1996. But he chose then to make a sacrifice then. It is wrong to say PM aspiration is behind it," Swamy tweeted.

Sources now say that party patriarch LK Advani has told Rajnath that unlike Goa, he will attend the Parliamentary board meeting and register his protest on nominating Modi. Sources say Rajnath is still keen on achieving consensus on Modi's nomination. The RSS wants Modi nominated, but has left the decision on the process and timing of announcement to Rajnath, say sources.

Sources say the Modi camp is insisting that the announcement be made either on Friday or on Monday. Rajnath Singh has said that an announcement will be made after discussions. Rajnath denied there is any split in the party on Modi. "No one in the party is upset. All are together. There is no problem in the party," Rajnath Singh said.