Zee Media Bureau
10: 50 pm: BJP parliamentary board meet tomorrow
After a go-ahead from RSS, BJP on Thursday decided to hold a eeting of its Parliamentary Board on Friday on the issue of declaring Narendra Modi as the Prime Ministerial candidate for 2014 Lok Sabha polls despite opposition from L K Advani and some other senior leaders.
Despite hectic efforts to bring Advani round by Parliamentary Board members BJP President Rajnath Singh, Ananth Kumar, M Venkaiah Naidu and Nitin Gadkari, the patriarch refused to toe their line.
Not wanting to delay the announcement any further, Rajnath Singh has convened a meeting of the Parliamentary Board tomorrow at 5 PM when a decision on Modi is expected to be announced.
8:00 pm: BJP parliamentary board members to be in Delhi
All BJP parliamentary board members to be in Delhi by tonight, said a news agency.
7:37 pm: Ramdev says Modi best for PM`s job
Yoga guru Ramdev came out openly in favour of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for the Prime Minister`s post, describing him as the "most suitable person".
Taking a dig at Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, Ramdev said that not every Pappu comes equipped to run a government.
"People like Pappu don`t have the ability and experience to run the government”.
7:30 pm: Rajnath-Sushma meeting ends
One-hour-long meeting between Rajnath Singh and Sushma Swaraj ends. Sushma has asked for meeting of BJP`s top leaders to be deferred to Monday, reports a channel.
7:15 pm: Don`t think Advani can win even an election now, says Jethmalani
I don`t think he (Advani) can win even an election now. He is playing a role I didn`t expect him to play at this age, said former union law minister and Rajya Sabha MP Ram Jethmalani. He further said that although he is more qualified than all other PM candidates put together, he feels Modi is the best option. He is an Avatar, said Jethmalani.
6:20 pm: JD(U) terms Sushil Modi as `kalyugi` child
Estranged NDA partner, JD(U), took a dig at former Bihar chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi for his anti-Advani comments, saying he is acting like a "Kalyugi" child out to abuse parents.
"He is acting like a Kalyugi child out to abuse parents," JD(U) leader in the Rajya Sabha Shivanand Tiwari told a news agency, reacting to Sushil Modi`s comment that the veteran BJP leader has failed to gauge public mood in favour of Narendra Modi.
6:15 pm: Rajnath Singh meets Sushma Swaraj
BJP chief Rajnath Singh meets Sushma Swaraj on Narendra Modi`s elevation.
6:10 pm: Sukhbir Singh Badal vows allegiance to BJP
Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said it is upto BJP if they want to announce (Narendra) Modi ji or anyone else as PM candidate, we are with them in all decisions.
5:30 pm: BJP a `confused` party, says Congress
Congress taunted the BJP, terming it as a "confused" party for "not being able to handle its internal conflict" over naming Narendra Modi as its Prime Ministerial candidate and said that Gujarat Chief Minister is "not politically relevant outside" that state.
"The entire country is watching what kind of pulls and pressures are happening within the BJP. A party, which is trying to come power to rule the country, is not being able to handle its internal conflicts.
"It`s a confused party with a confused agenda and confused people. Those who are confused behave only this way," party spokesperson Meem Afzal told reporters.
5:05 pm: Modi to be named BJP`s PM candidate tomorrow?
Officials of all state BJP units have been reportedly directed to remain in office tomorrow amid indications that the party will announce Narendra Modi as its prime ministerial candidiate.
4:07 pm: Murli Manohar Joshi backs Modi, says report
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Murli Manohar Joshi, who was opposed to announcing Narendra Modi as the party’s PM candidate, has now reportedly extended his support to the Gujarat CM. Now, only Sushma Swaraj is left in the Advani camp, which is against the anointment of Modi. According to a news channel, Joshi has asked Rajnath Singh to end uncertainty.
3:45 pm: Modi irrelevant outside Gujarat, Shakil Ahmad
Congress general secretary and Punjab party affairs incharge Shakeel Ahmad called Narendra Modi as irrelevant outside Gujarat. “Wherever he has gone, BJP has lost. He is no one outside Gujarat,” said Ahmad.
3:20 pm: Ananth Kumar meets Sushma Swaraj
BJP general secretary Ananth Kumar meets Sushma Swaraj over declaring Modi as PM candidate.
3:05 pm: Can’t advise Advani, says Meenakshi Lekhi
BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi said Advani is her senior and she can’t advise him on the issue of Narendra Modi.
3:00 pm: `Announce Modi as PM candidate`
Senior BJP leader CP Thakur urged BJP Parliamentary Board members to keep in mind the mood of nation and announce Narendra Modi as PM candidate.
2:15 pm: Rajnath-Sushma meeting postponed
BJP chief Rajnath Singh`s meeting with Sushma Swaraj has been shifted to 6 pm. The duo were earlier supposed to meet at 2:30 pm.
2:10 pm: Never criticised LK Advani, says Sushil Kumar Modi
Senior BJP leader and Bihar’s former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi tried to water down the controversy over his tweet on Wednesday night, saying he never criticised LK Advani, who is his mentor. Last night, the 85-year-old party doyen had tweeted: “Adavaniji has failed to gauge the public mood. Advaniji himself declared Atalji as Pm candidate now also he could have done the same for Namo (sic).”
Underlining the massive support enjoyed by Narendra Modi in Bihar as well as across the nation, Sushil Kumar Modi said BJP and RSS workers want Advani to come forward and support the Gujarat CM.
We will succeed in nominating Narendra Modi for PM`s post, Sushil Kumar Modi told a news channel.
Speaking with another news channel, Sushil Kumar Modi said the era of LK Advani is over and the entire country wants Narendra Modi.
1:50 pm: `No difference within BJP over Narendra Modi`
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Chouhan told a news channel that there was no difference within BJP over Narendra Modi. He also vowed to support whatever decision the BJP takes.
1:30 pm: `Won`t let Modi become next PM`
Janata Dal (United) spokesperson and Rajya Sabha member KC Tyagi said his party won`t let Narendra Modi become next PM.
1:20 pm: Rajnath to meet Sushma Swaraj
BJP chief Rajnath Singh to meet Sushma Swaraj at 2.30 pm to discuss the declaration of Narendra Modi as the party’s Prime Ministerial candidate.
1:00 pm: `No unanimity within BJP`
What is happening in the BJP on declaration of PM candidate shows there is no unanimity within party, says BJP leader LK Advani`s former aide Sudheendra Kulkarni. Taking a jibe a Modi, Kulkarni called the Gujarat Chief Minister as someone who is socially polarising and now is polarising party.
The question is whether can this leader (Narendra Modi) provide a stable government, the answer is no, added Kulkarni.
Saying that he doesn’t think Narendra Modi is the right person to lead the country, Kulkarni underlined that the control of the RSS on the BJP is increasing by every passing day now.
The major decisions in the BJP are taken outside the party. The RSS decides who should be PM and when to announce, added Kulkarni.
12:55 pm: No problem in BJP, says Rajnath Singh
Amid hectic efforts to convince LK Advani to give up his opposition to Narendra Modi as Prime Ministerial candidate, BJP president Rajnath Singh said there was no rift in the party over the issue.
"There is no problem...I want to say," Singh said here when asked whether there is any hitch in declaring Modi as BJP Prime Ministerial candidate.
Asked when the parliamentary party meeting will take place, Singh said, "It will be conveyed to you. It will be announced." When asked repeatedly whether there is any unhappiness in the party over Modi issue, he said, "No one is unhappy in the party."
11:45 pm: My inner voice doesn’t allow me to support Modi, says Advani
LK Advani is reported to have told senior BJP and RSS leaders that his inner voice doesn’t allow him to support Narendra Modi for the post of prime minister.
According to sources, Advani conveyed this during his meetings with BJP president Rajnath Singh and RSS leaders earlier this week. The BJP veteran is further reported to have told Rajnath that projecting Modi as the party`s PM candidate would turn out to be a "disaster" and will "destroy the party`s prospects" in the 2014 polls.
The BJP is likely to hold its parliamentary board meet tomorrow to decide on naming Modi as the PM candidate.
11:00 am: Rajnath Singh to decide PM candidate after talks
BJP`s prime ministerial nominee for the 2014 General Elections would be announced after "talking to everyone", party president Rajnath Singh said.
"We will decide after talking to everyone," Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Rajnath Singh told a news channel.
Party spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi added: "Discussions are going on and we will announce the nominee soon. There is no contradiction in the party on who will be the prime ministerial candidate. All is well."
1:00 am: Sushil Modi criticises Advani
Amid efforts to convince LK Advani on declaring Narendra Modi as BJP`s prime ministerial candidate ahead of 2014 Lok Sabha polls, party leader from Bihar Sushil Kumar Modi on early Thursday morning said the veteran leader had failed to gauge the public mood in this regard.
The former Bihar deputy chief minister said Advani had declared Atal Bihari Vajpayee as the party`s face in the past and he could have done the same for Narendra Modi today.