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No Narendra Modi, no support: Baba Ramdev to BJP

Last Updated: Friday, September 6, 2013 - 13:00

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Yoga guru Baba Ramdev, who is known for his proximity to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, on Friday once again pitched for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) poster boy to be named as the party’s prime ministerial candidate.

Addressing a press conference, Ramdev said that if Narendra Modi is not declared the PM candidate for 2014 elections then he would have to rethink on giving support to BJP.

The yoga guru has repeatedly advocated for Modi and said that he would help the Gujarat Chief Minister to become the next prime minister.

Seeking a consensus on Narendra Modi`s projection as the prime ministerial candidate, RSS held confabulations on Sunday with top BJP leaders, including LK Advani, who is said to have reservations on the issue.
Senior RSS leader Suresh `Bhaiyaji` Joshi held talks with Advani, amid a strong pitch by some sections of BJP for early announcement of Modi as PM candidate, sources had said.

BJP president Rajnath Singh and senior party leader Sushma Swaraj, who is also said to be opposed to Modi`s projection as the party`s PM candidate, were also present during the meeting that took place at Advani`s residence, the sources had told a news agency.

Arun Jaitley, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, had recently said the sooner Modi`s name was announced the better it would be for the party`s electoral prospects.

Advani and Swaraj are said to be against Modi`s projection as they believe it would polarise the electorate and take attention away from the numerous failings of UPA government.

First Published: Friday, September 6, 2013 - 12:57
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