Narendra Modi as BJP’s PM candidate: How it unfolded

After hours of hectic parleys with the Advani camp, BJP chief Rajnath Singh on Friday reportedly told NDA allies that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi will be the party`s official choice for the PM`s post in the 2014 polls.

Updated: Sep 13, 2013, 23:34 PM IST

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9.15 pm: Vasundhara Raje welcomes decision on Modi

Rajasthan BJP president Vasundhara Raje welcomed party`s decision to declare Narendra Modi as its prime ministerial candidate for 2014 general elections. "The decision taken in the parliamentary board meeting is welcomed, and has revitalised the party workers," Raje said.

8.50 pm: Raman Singh congratulates Modi

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh congratulated his Gujarat counterpart Narendra Modi on being made BJP`s prime ministerial nominee for 2014 general elections and expressed confidence that the party will form government at the Centre under his leadership.

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8.30 pm: Modi meets Atal Bihari Vajpayee

After meeting LK Advani, BJP’s newly appointed PM candidate Modi meets former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at his residence to seek his blessings.

8.25 pm: Modi most popular leader: Jaitley

BJP leader Arun Jaitley says Modiji has been unquestionably the most popular leader of country and party has to respect the sentiments of its supporters.

8.00 pm: SAD welcomes Modi’s appointment

Shiromani Akali Dal, a key constituent of the NDA welcomed BJP`s decision to declare Gujarat CM Narendra Modi as its PM candidate for next year`s Lok Sabha elections, terming it a right decision taken by the party. SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal, while congratulating Modi, said people of the country are eager to topple the "directionless UPA government" led by Congress.

7.55 pm: Madhya Pradesh CM congratulates Modi

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan congratulates Narendra Modi
on being made BJP`s PM nominee and said that his dynamic leadership will ensure astounding victory for the party.

7.40 pm: Modi at Advani’s residence

Narendra Modi, who was appointed the BJP’s PM candidate without Advani’s consent has reached the senior leader’s residence to seek his blessings. Advani was opposed to Modi as the prime ministerial candidate before the forthcoming Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Delhi.

7.30 pm: Will support NDA: Yeddyurappa

BS Yedyurappa who had parted ways with the BJP, today said that he will support Modi and NDA in future. Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said that his party is wholeheartedly supporting Modi

7.20 pm: Will not realign with BJP: JD(U)

Expressing his views on Narendra Modi’s anointment, Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav says that there is no question of aligning with BJP again. We knew this was going to happen so we had quit NDA.

7.10 pm: Modi’s appointment BJP’s internal matter: Yechury

Left Leader Sitaram Yechury says that Narendra Modi’s appointment is BJP`s internal matter and whether the people accept Modi remains to be seen. BJP wants to create a communal atmosphere, he further said.

7.05 pm: Cong leader Sibal on Modi’s appointment

Commenting on Narendra Modi’s appointment, Union Minister and Congress leader Kapil Sibal said that when we are in election mode then we will deal with all political parties.
6.55 pm: Advani writes to Rajnath

Advani writes a letter to Rajnath Singh expressing his disappointment about the working style of the BJP president.

6.50 pm: Sushma Swaraj says Modi to meet Advani

BJP senior leader Sushma Swaraj, who was initially opposed to Modi being name as the PM candidate said that the Gujarat Chief Minister will meet Advaniji soon and seek his blessings.

6.42 pm: Narendra Modi addresses media

After being appointed as BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi said that he has been given a huge responsibility by the party. The BJP poster boy said that the party needs blessings of people in this time of national crisis.

6.35 pm: BJP president anoints Modi as PM candidate

BJP president Rajnath Singh says the party has projected Narendra Modi as the PM candidate. Rajnath also said that Modi ji is going to meet Advani ji soon to seek his blessings.

6.25 pm: Modi arrives at BJP headquarters

Narendra Modi arrives at BJP headquarters for the parliamentary board meeting. Announcement expected soon

6.05 pm: BJP meet begins, Advani not present

LK Advani has decided not to attend the BJP`s parliamentary board meet. The party would shortly announce Narendra Modi as the party`s candidate for prime minister in 2014.

5.40 pm: Rajanth Singh along with other senior party leaders arrive at the BJP office for the meeting.

Party president and top BJP leaders arrive at party headquarters to attend parliamentary board meeting. Some reports suggest that Advani will skip the meet.

5.00 pm: Modi arrives in Delhi, celebrations begin outside BJP offices

Celebrations have begun outside the BJP offices as the Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Delhi. Modi will meet former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at 7:30 pm. Meanwhile, ex-BJP chief Nitin Gadkari is meeting Rajnath Singh at the moment.

4.55 pm: Advani to attend BJP board meet: Rajnath

BJP chief Rajnath Singh has confirmed that Advani will attend the BJP parliamentary board meeting that is expected to begin shortly.

4.50 pm: Modi likely to meet Advani ahead of BJP board meet

Guj Shortly after his arrival here, he will head to meet party patriarch LK Advani, who has been virtually sidelined on the issue of Modi`s nomination as BJP`s official PM candidate.

4.30 pm: Modi heads to Delhi, BJP board meet at 5.30 pm

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is expected to arrive in the national capital in a short while.

3.40 pm: Modi heads to Delhi

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi left for Delhi to attend the BJP parliamentary board meet this evening.

2.50 pm: Will attend BJP board meeting: MM Joshi

Party leader MM Joshi said that he will attend parliamentary board meet wherever and whenever its takes place.

1.50 pm: Rajnath Singh tells allies Narendra Modi is BJP`s PM candidate

After hours of hectic parleys with the Advani camp, BJP chief Rajnath Singh on Friday reportedly told NDA allies that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi will be the party`s official choice for the PM`s post in the 2014 polls.

It was also learnt that Singh called Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and Shriromani Akali Dal chief Parkash Singh Badal and informed them that a decision on Modi has been taken by the party. The formal announcement on Modi will be made by the BJP leadership at 5 pm this evening, report claimed.

12.40 pm: Gadkari, Ananth Kumar meet Swaraj

Having met BJP stalwart LK Advani, two senior leaders of the party, Nitin Gadkari and Ananth Kumar reached the residence of Sushma Swaraj, a known loyalist of Advani, to convince her to support Modi.

The meeting is being seen as the party last attempt to persuade the Advani faction to unite for a bigger cause and back Modi as the BJP`s unanimous choice for the top job.

12.30 pm: Modi to attend BJP parliamentary board meet

BJP`s strongest contender for PM`s post Narendra Modi is expected to attend the crucial meeting of the party`s parliamentary board this evening. He will leave for Delhi at 3 pm, according to reports.

12.15 am: Gadkari, Advani meeting over

Ex- BJP chief Nitin Gadkari`s meeting with party stalwart LK Advani ends.

12.06 pm: Modi as BJP`s PM candidate no threat: Congress

The ruling Congress on Friday took a jibe at the main opposition party, saying that Modi`s coronation as BJP`s PM candidate will not impact it. I&B Minister Manish Tewari said, "Modi as BJP`s PM candidate wil pose no threat to Congress. BJP had in past named several PM candidates but later withdrawn them."

11.50 am: Rajnath summons MP CM

Party chief Rajnath Singh called Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh, asking him to attend the BJP Parliamentary board meet in the evening.

11.40 am: Ananth Kumar meets Swaraj

BJP`s Karnataka leader and a member of parliamentary board H Ananth Kumar met Sushma Swaraj in the national capital to persuade her to agree on Modi`s name.

11.20 am: Advani has agreed on Modi: CP Thakur

Senior BJP leader CP Thakur said an official announcement on Modi will be made later today."I have heard he (Advani) has also agreed on it, Thakur said.

11.05 am: Go ahead with Modi announcement: RSS tells BJP

BJP`s ideological mentor the RSS has reportedly told party chief Rajnath Singh to to go ahead with the Narendra Modi announcement.

10.50 am: Advani to attend BJP board meeting: Report

Party veteran LK Advani, who is still opposed to Modi`s candidature for PM`s post, will most likely attend the BJP board meeting this evening, claimed sources.

10.35: Shiv Sena backing Modi, confirms Sanjay Raut

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut confirmed his party`s unflinching support to narendra modi`s candidature for the PM`s post. : Yes we will win 100% if we fight under Narendra Modi, Raut says. "Yesterday Uddhav Thackeray ji talked to Modi ji, congratulated him as well. We will welcome it if Modi is declared PM candidate," Sanjay Raut says.
10.25 am: Gadkari, Balbir Punj arrive at Adavani`s residence

Former BJP chief Nitiin Gadkari and Balbir Punj arrive at LK Advani`s residence to discuss the situation.

10.15 am: BJP parliamentary board meeting unlikely

Clouds of uncertainty prevails over the BJP Parliamentary Board meeting scheduled this evening as Sushma Swaraj and LK Advani have not received any intimation in this regard so far, claim sources.

10.05 am: Announcement on Modi soon: BS Shastri

Announcement of Narendra Modi`s name now remains a mere formality. You will get the good news soon, says Bizay Sonkar Shastri of BJP.

10.00 am: MM Joshi leaves for MP

Senior leader MM Joshi today left for Sagar, Madhya Pradesh triggering uncertainty over the BJP parliamentary board scheduled to take plac this evening.

9.50 am: Shiv Sena backs Modi as PM candidate

In a significant development, Shiv Sena today announced its support to Narendra Modi as NDA`s official PM candidate. It was also reported that Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray greeted Narendra Modi ahead of a formal announcement by the party in this regard.

9.30 am: Gadkari, Ram Lal meet Rajnath

Former BJP chief Nitin Gadkari and Ram Lal met party chief Rajnath Singh to discuss the situation. Meanwhile, Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha and senior party leader Sushma Swaraj is also expected to meet LK Advani around 11.30 am at the latter`s residence.

9.10 am: No info on BJP meet, says Advani camp

Advani camp says it hasn`t been notified of any BJP meet yet, claim sources.

8:30 am: Gadkari to make last bid to convince Modi

As per reports, Nitin Gadkari is expected to meet LK Advani today to persuade the party veteran to announce his support to Narendra Modi as the unanimous PM candidate of the party.

The party`s patriarch LK Advani remains opposed to Narendra Modi`s PM candidature along with senior leaders like Sushma Swaraj. The party wants to make the big announcement that its Gujarat leader will be its official candidate for prime minister`s post in 2014 polls. The BJP parliamentary board is due to meet this evening where a formal announcement on Modi is most likely to be made.

Earlier developments

  • Rajnath Singh said that all senior leaders were being consulted on the issue and sought to downplay reservations of senior party leader LK Advani on declaring Modi as prime ministerial candidate. Party sources said Rajnath Singh met Sushma Swaraj in a bid to pave the way for the announcement. He had earlier met Advani and party leader Murli Manohar Joshi. They said Rajnath Singh may also decide to make an announcement on Narendra Modi after consulting members of the board individually.
  • Despite Advani’s refusal to drop his opposition to Modi as the party`s PM nominee, the Gujarat CM’s popularity and acceptance among BJP continued to ascend. Hectic efforts are on to convince Advani to give up his opposition and give his blessings to Modi.
  • Anticipating the appointment of Narendra Modi as the BJP’s PM candidate, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on June 16 broke the 17-year-old alliance between his party, the JD(U), and the BJP.
  • On June 10, BJP patriarch LK Advani resigned from all party posts over Narendra Modi`s elevation as its campaign committee chief. The dramatic development prompted leaders to rush to Advani`s residence in a bid to pacify him but he showed no signs of relenting. He withdrew his resignation on June 11 after RSS intervened in the matter.
  • Narendra Modi became BJP’s campaign committee chief for 2014 elections on June 09, 2013.
  • Ahead of the next Lok Sabha polls, Modi was re-inducted into the Central Parliamentary board of the Bharatiya Janata Party, its top decision-making body in March 31, 2013.
  • After winning elections in 2001, 2002 and 2007, Narendra Modi began his fourth stint as Gujarat Chief Minister on December 26, 2012.