New Delhi: BJP President Nitin Gadkari on Thursday
said Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has got the
potential to become the Prime Minister and that he is among
the "five to six" contenders in the party for the country`s
Gadkari said he has already made it clear that the BJP
has got a lot of potential leadership who is capable of
becoming the Prime Minister after the next General elections
due in 2014.
"Now, Modi is also one of the leaders, he has also got
the potential for that. There are five to six leaders, and at
the right time the party will decide who will be the prime
ministerial candidate for 2014," he said to private news channel.
Gadkari emphatically said "100 per cent" when asked
whether the five to six leaders included Modi.
"Those five to six leaders also include Narendra bhai,"
Gadkari`s statement came a day after the Special
Investigation Team (SIT) gave its final report on Gulberg
Society attack during the 2002 Gujarat riots before a
Ahmedabad court amid speculation that Modi may have got relief
after he faced allegations of aiding and abetting communal
He remained non-committal on why Modi was not
campaigning for the party in the ongoing Uttar Pradesh
"Modi is the best person to answer why he had not joined
the party`s election campaign in Uttar Pradesh," he said.
Modi is reportedly sore with the BJP leadership for
making one of his rivals Sanjay Joshi as one of the election
in-charges in Uttar Pradesh.
"First of all, from the national party we have already
made a request to Narendraji that he should give some time to
Uttar Pradesh and other states for elections.
"Now, he has to find out the dates for that. The matter
is with him, he has to decide about it," Gadkari said.
"But I accept that Narendra bhai is a stalwart, a leader
of the party and still we are expecting dates from him and if
he will give his dates, we will manage".