Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Rajnath Singh on Friday rallied behind Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, alleging that the Congress is “deliberately harassing” the party’s poll panel chief.
In an interview to a television channel, the BJP president went on to accuse the Congress of using the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and other institutions to target its rivals.
When asked why the party zeroed in on Modi for the post of BJP poll panel chief, Singh said, “Narendra Modi is the most popular leader in India today, so he has been made poll campaign committee chief.”
Pointing that Modi has won elections in Gujarat thrice, Singh further asserted that the Gujarat Chief Minister is a “competent leader”.
He also backed the Gujarat strongmen with regard to the Ishrat Jahan encounter case, alleging that charges against Modi were part of a political conspiracy by the Congress. “Did not the US authorities say that Ishrat Jahan was to be used as a suicide bomber,” questioned the BJP president.
The BJP leader also denied any rift within the party over the appointment of Modi as its poll panel chief, saying all the decision in the BJP are taken collectively.
Dismissing reports of rift between veteran leader L K Advani and the BJP poll panel chief, the party president said that the former had never targeted any leader of the party, adding that his blog must not be misinterpreted.
“Advanji`s motives cannot be questioned, he did not attend Goa meet as he was unwell,” said Rajnath, adding, “there is no scope for one man show in the party as the BJP runs on ideology.”
He further slammed Advani’s aide Sudheendra Kulkarni over his reactions to Modi’s anointment, saying he did not represent the veteran leader.
Rajnath Singh, however, refused to comment on Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.