New Delhi: Senior BJP leader Yashwant
Sinha on Thursday said Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi will
make a good Prime Minister but that there was no dearth of
talent in the party when it comes to choosing a candidate for
the top post.
"Whether he (Modi) will make a good PM, yes. If he has
given a good administration to Gujarat then clearly he can
give a good administration to India. But having said that,
there is no dearth of talent in the BJP and there are many who
can fit the bill," Sinha told agency in reply to a question.
Modi is being seen as a possible Prime Ministerial
candidate for the BJP in the next general elections after the
Supreme Court verdict on September 12 in the Gulbarga Society
Modi had got reprieve from the Supreme Court which
refused to pass any order on his alleged inaction to contain
riots in 2002 and left it to the concerned magistrate`s court
to decide the course of action against him on the basis of the
"It is not a question of how I see him or you see him.
How the Prime Ministers in the past have come to occupy that
position, they have been projected by the party as potential
prime ministerial candidates, and they have come to occupy
that position. Then the people of India have reposed
confidence in that leadership...It is not a question of
individual thinking," Sinha said.
Sinha was not quite impressed with a US report which
claims Modi has given good governance to Gujarat but felt
Congress should have shown more maturity in its reaction.
"I don`t think we have got over the colonial hangover
yet, despite 64 years of independent existence. Therefore,
anything which comes from the West is lapped up as God`s Own
Truth," he said when asked about US praise for Modi.
He said the fact that Modi has given Gujarat an
"outstandingly clean and effective governance" is being talked
about by everybody.
"That UPA regime is mired in corruption is something
which is already known. We don`t have to celebrate an American
certificate for this. I neither take the US criticism nor US
praise without a pinch of salt. Congress should have
reacted... in a more mature fashion," Sinha said.