‘PM candidate to be decided at appropriate time’
BJP President Nitin Gadkari on Friday remained evasive on whether his party will fight the 2014 general elections with a prime ministerial.
New Delhi: BJP President Nitin Gadkari on Friday remained evasive on whether his party will fight the 2014 general elections with a prime ministerial candidate at its vanguard, saying the decision would be taken at an appropriate
time and all party leaders were "good faces".
He also refused to hint whether results of the five state Assembly elections will have any bearing on his presidential term but admitted that his party needed to "rectify" the issues of concern in Karnataka.
At a lengthy interaction with women journalists here, Gadkari spoke in detail about the policy paralysis bedeviling the UPA government but remained largely on guard over questions about the BJP and its internal issues.
"There are a number of leaders and a decision will be taken at an appropriate time. Even the Congress party has not officially declared when and which candidate will be projected as the prime ministerial candidate," the BJP chief said.
"When it is appropriate time, we will decide within a fraction of second... We are all good faces," he replied when asked if the party will go into the 2014 polls with a prime ministerial face or not.
The question over Narendra Modi, his absence from campaigning and whether it meant he was not needed outside Gujarat, Gadkari said the Chief Minister "was very busy within his state" in the middle of sadbhavana yatras, but the BJP was
a party of workers.
"In UP where a lot of people had left the party, we had a situation to deal with, but the leaders have given it their all. Results are difficult to predict but I am very positive," he said, pointing out that the party benefited by the roles of Sanjay Joshi, Narendra Tomar and especially Uma Bharti.
He repeatedly attacked the UPA government over the "lack" of movement in policy matters of economic importance and said the government was "vindictive" towards the opposition and was misusing CBI and other agencies to this effect.