Agencies, New Delhi Senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha today said the party should declare Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as its prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 general elections as this will ‘benefit’ the BJP in the polls.
‘’A debate has been taking place for a long time now. When I travel, there is a strong demand from the common people and party workers that Narendra Modi be declared as the PM candidate and this will benefit the party,’’ Mr Sinha told reporters. He said after ‘’careful thought’’, he has concluded that if the BJP declares Modi as its PM candidate, then the party will ‘’benefit hugely’’ in the elections.
‘’It will have a big impact on voters. I have no doubt on this,’’ the former External Affairs Minister said. He said the decision on the prime ministerial candidate has to be taken by the party but this was the ‘’sentiment of workers and common people’’ that Modi should be declared as the PM candidate. However, newly-elected BJP chief Rajnath Singh said any decision regarding the PM candidate will be taken by the party’s Parliamentary Board.
Yesterday, Modi had met the BJP president in the national capital and the two leaders had a detailed discussion on the 2014 general polls. Addressing reporters after meeting the BJP chief, Mr Modi had said a detailed discussion was held on 2014 general elections. However, the Gujarat CM did not divulge any details. Modi further said he came to the national capital to congratulate Singh and seek his advice regarding the developmental work in Gujarat.