New Delhi: Treading cautiously after a US
Congress report praised Narendra Modi, BJP today skirted the
issue of whether the Gujarat Chief Minister was its prime
ministerial candidate and just described him as an "able CM".
Buoyed by the US Congressional report showering praise
over Modi, BJP hoped his detractors within the country and
abroad would come out of their denial mode and get in sync
with the times and come to terms with reality.
"The report of the US Congressional Research Service, a
thinktank which provides support to the US Congress on a
variety of topics, has stated that Narendra Modi has
streamlined economic growth in Gujarat, has removed red-tape
in the functioning of the Government, has curtailed corruption
and has given special emphasis on infrastructure in Gujarat,"
BJP spokesman Rajiv Pratap Rudy told reporters.
"Many people in this country, including our friends in the
Congress, as well as abroad have been consistently in a denial
mode on the functioning of Narendra Modi. In last two days, we
have heard two things that possibly shall prove otherwise -
the Supreme Court direction in favour of Modi two days ago and
the report of US Congressional Research Service prasing him on
When asked if Modi was now a strong contender for being
the party`s prime ministerial candidate with the US Congress
giving him a certificate on governance, Rudy skirted the issue
saying that though there is no dearth of leaders in BJP to
lead the nation, it was not yet time to announce the party`s
prime ministerial candidate.
"The BJP president and the party have made it very clear
that as of now there is no question of declaring anyone as a
prime ministerial candidate, even though BJP has enough
leaders to lead the nation," the BJP leader said, adding that
"Modi is an able Chief Minister".
"All those against Narendra Modi should study and read
the US Report and come to terms with the reality," Rudy said.
"The BJP feels that Congress spokespersons are out of
tune with reality and this report should be accepted by them
in totality now. Congress spokespersons are finding it very
uneasy to accept this. The fact remains that after the third
electoral defeat in Gujarat, the Congress remains hapless and
frustrated," he said.
Rudy added that the best part of the CRS report was that
it had accepted that Gujarat has recorded a growth of 11 per
cent and the state was the most attractive place for
industrial investment in the world.
The US has also admitted that Gujarat was growing and
industrial investment was maximum in the state, he said.
The BJP leader said it was the same US Government which
had declined to grant visa to Narendra Modi in 2005 and a
Congressional report of the same country was now showering
praises on Modi.
On the possibility of Modi being projected by the party
as a prime ministerial candidate, Rudy evaded a direct reply
saying, "In BJP, even a small worker of the party can aspire
to be the Prime Minister."
"People in the country are admitting that the BJP is
coming to power if polls are held in 2014. There are many
leaders in the BJP who are able candidates for prime
ministership. We will let you know who will be the PM from BJP
when the time comes," he said.
The BJP leader also pointed out that the Supreme Court
verdict on Modi issued day before yesterday was a moral
victory for him as well as the BJP.
Even though Rudy denied knowledge of other BJP leaders
joining Modi in his three-day fast seeking prosperity and
welfare of the state, party sources said some BJP leaders
would be by his side during the fast, including Leader of
Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley and Delhi BJP
leader Vijay Goel.
The BJP also sought a clarification from the Government on
what it was doing on the issue of Telangana, alleging that
everything in Andhra Pradesh had come to a standstill.
"The BJP has already made its stand clear that it is in
support of Telangana. This has emerged as a big issue and the
Government should come clear on it and spell out its decision.
It is affecting the state of Andhra Pradesh and the nation,"