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RSS ensures ‘Narendra Modi as PM’ in BJP, almost

9 September New Delhi: Consensus seems to have emerged on the name of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi during the two-day brainstorming session of the BJP and its ideological mentor, the RSS, with the latter almost endorsing the Gujarat leader’s name as the prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 polls.

Reports on Monday claimed that an official announcement in this regard is likely to be made in the next few days.

A consensus on Modi’s name emerged during the first day of the two-day ”coordination meeting” that was attended by all top leaders of the BJP and the RSS on Sunday.

The senior leaders of the two organisation will meet today to discuss coordination strategy ahead of 2014 Lok Sabha polls. The ”coordination meeting” has been called in the backdrop of intense discussions within the party on the issue of naming Modi as its prime ministerial candidate.

The RSS, reports claim, had already conveyed its opinion to the BJP top brass on the issue. BJP sources also claim that Modi is may be named the prime minister candidate before or on September 1 – his birth day.

The RSS has left it to party chief Rajnath Singh to choose the actual date to make the announcement, the sources say.
Party veteran LK Advani, whose opposition to Modi is well known, did not attend the meeting in the first few hours, and joined it in the afternoon.

Apart from Advani, the meeting was attended by party leaders Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley, Murli Manohar Joshi and the party chief Rajnath Singh.

Sources said there were differing views in the party on projecting Modi as prime ministerial candidate. While a section wants him to be projected as the party’s face for the General Elections before assembly polls in the five states later this year, another section wants the decision to be deferred till these elections were over.

Advani and Sushma Swaraj are learnt to be of the view that any decision on projecting Modi should be taken after the Assembly polls. However, sources said that the view gaining momentum was that Modi should be declared prime ministerial candidate before the election process starts in motion in the five states.

Although, the issue of prime ministerial candidate did not specifically come up for discussion Sunday, Modi dominated the meeting on Sunday.

Modi also left for Ahmedabad in the evening due to prior engagements in Gandhinagar.

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, who is expected to attend the meeting today, has met Advani and Sushma Swaraj in an apparent effort to reach a consensus on Modi’s name.

Sources said Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leaders also attended the meeting. The sources said its recent march in Uttar Pradesh, which banned by the Akhilesh Yadav government, was also discussed.

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